If the Packers-Seahawks game Monday night led to assumptions by
interested parties that the time had arrived for a settlement with NFL
officials - a Seton Hall Sports Poll adds quantifying numbers to the
Because the polling was done Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the
week of Sept. 24, it was possible to measure the dramatic change that the
Monday night game brought.
688 randomly selected people across the country were asked if they
thought the quality of NFL games suffered as a result of the league
using replacement officials, and 54% said it did.
While 41% responded, “yes it had suffered” on Monday, after the game
it went to 65%. (The margin of error for the jump of 24% from Monday to
the other days combined is 7.9%).
For the nearly half of respondents who “didn’t know” (or had no
answer), the game was a quick decision-maker as well. From 47%
“undecided” on Monday, the number fell to just 26% on Tuesday and
“The impact of that one moment in that one game can’t be overstated,”
said Rick Gentile, director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is
conducted by the Sharkey Institute. “It was a defining moment. What
was speculated can now be quantified. The NFL felt the shift in mood of
its public. Everyone felt it; the game changed the mood of the
American public, and these are the numbers that prove it.”
About the Methodology:
The poll was conducted by telephone among a random digit dial sample
of adults ages 18 and older living in the continental United States and
supplemented with a sample of people of cell phone users. The poll of
688 respondents was sponsored by Seton Hall University. The margin of
error due to sampling is +/- 3.8 percentage points for most estimates.
Other factors also may affect the total error.
Has the quality of NFL games suffered as a result of the league using
replacement officials due to a labor dispute with the regular
Monday Tue/Wed Total:
Yes 41 65 54
No 12 9 11
Don’t Know 47 26 35
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