Rick Bonnell: Hornets owner Michael Jordan in Homestead this weekend supporting Denny Hamlin’s pursuit of a NASCAR championship.
Sports Business Daily has just released a new Harris Poll which indicates that NASCAR is the fourth-most-popular sport in America, ranking ahead of the NBA, the NHL, NCAA basketball, golf and — shocking, I know — the WNBA, among many others. The poll, which surveyed Americans who follow at least one sport, found that 7 percent of respondents named auto racing as their favorite sport. Not bad, considering the competition, but the runaway winner is, of course, the NFL (31 percent), followed by baseball (17 percent) and college football (12 percent). More statistical goodness: the percentage of adults who named NASCAR as their favorite sport in 1985 — you know, the good ol’ days — was 5 percent, and it’s up 2 percent since then. (Basketball has seen zero growth over that same period, and baseball has seen a decline of 6 percentage points.)