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MLS gaining on MLB?

A poll released by ESPN has indicated that MLS has gained significant popularity among fans 12 to 17 years old -- so much so that it's actually about as popular as MLB among said fans. The quality of play has dramatically increased in MLS over the past 18 years, and it's become capable of attracting big names seeking one final team before their retirements. It's got to be a worrying trend for MLB -- any league that starts losing young fans is looking at smaller crowds and emptier stadiums a few years down the line.

  • If NFL, NBA and MLB are part of the ''Big Four'' in professional sports, what should be No. 4?

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      71%
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      13%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 283,938)

  • Which of the following is true about you and MLS?

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      24%
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      28%
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      48%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,272)

  • Of which league would you say you are an avid fan?

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      12%
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      57%
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      8%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,284)

  • How would you describe your interest level in Major League Baseball now compared to 10 years ago?

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      34%
    •  
      31%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,393)

  • Which of these is your favorite sport to play?

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      20%
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      34%
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      23%
    •  
      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 24,861)

  • How old are you?

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      30%
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      35%
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      24%
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      6%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 24,818)

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