Sports Illustrated recently conducted a poll to determine what fans think about the current labor standoff. The survey of 314 random NFL fans found that 53 percent expect teams to play a full season without replacement players in 2011. If replacement players were used, 63 percent said they would watch anyway.
College football would be the biggest winner, with 57.3 percent of fans saying they would pay more attention to the college game compared to 45.3 percent who said they would watch more baseball and 37.3 percent choosing to spend more time following the NBA.
Fans would miss watching games with friends and family most (41.8), followed by watching a particular team (40.7). Only 5.2 percent said fantasy football is what they would miss most.