Friday, April 17, 2009

Issues in Minnesota Sports

NBA fans in Minnesota are ready for a change. 54% of self described sports fans in our most recent poll said they would not like to see Kevin McHale return next season as coach of the Timberwolves.

The team hasn't been to the playoffs in five years and it appears fans think that McHale, who put together the team's roster while working in the front office before assuming coaching duties this season, is a big part of the problem.

Jacques Lemaire is already out as the coach for the Wild, but a majority in the state wish that he would have stayed. Despite the team missing the playoffs this year 52% think the only leader the franchise has ever known should have stayed for another year.

With the Twins off to a slow start their fans don't think the team will emerge victorious in the AL Central this year. Only 46% think they will make the playoffs with 54% saying another club in the division will move on.

The most interesting thing digging into the crosstabs of this poll is how significant the gender gap is on some of these issues. Women tend to have a much more positive view of the current state of these franchises than men. For instance 57% of females think McHale should stay on as coach, but only 37% of men do. Similarly, 53% of women think that the Twins will take the division but only 40% of men feel that way.

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