A recent survey regarding the outcome of the pro basketball finals, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Goalrilla, America’s leading brand of residential in-ground basketball hoops, has predicted the outcome of the next season. With only two teams left standing in the pro basketball season, Goalrilla is already looking ahead to the excitement of the 2016 season. Today, the company announced the results of a new nationwide survey, which predicts which team will win it all in 2016 as well as which player is perceived to have the most intense training regimen.
According to the new online survey of 2,090 United States adults aged 18 and older, one-third, or 33 percent, predict that Cleveland – currently in the finals – will win the championship in 2016. Roughly one-quarter, or 26 percent, selected Chicago, followed by Houston with 15 percent and Atlanta with 13 percent, while less than 10 percent of those polled predicted Washington, eight percent, or Memphis, six percent. Geographically, 38 percent of U.S. adults from the Northeast selected Cleveland, followed by 37 percent from the Midwest, 30 percent from the West and the lowest percent, 29, from the South.
Harris Polls have become media staples over the last five decades. The Harris Poll has gained strong brand recognition around the world with comprehensive experience and precise technique in public opinion polling, along with a proven track record of uncovering consumers’ motivations and behaviors. After the results of the Harris Poll survey were released for the 2016 NBA Championship, Goalrilla’s director of marketing, David Vogrin, said, “When it comes to the success of their favorite teams, sports fans are aspirational. Now that only two teams remain, we wanted to look ahead to find out which squad fans predict will win the championship next season. Additionally, while talent is certainly necessary to win, the skill that players develop through training is a key aspect to delivering when the game is on the line. Understanding the aspirations of athletes, with the goal to help them take their game to the next level, we also thought it was appropriate to find out which player fans believe has the most intense training routine.”
In a landslide victory, Americans believe the most intense training regimen belongs to LeBron James, with 61 percent of the vote, followed by – in a distant second – current league MVP Stephen Curry with 13 percent. Less than 10 percent each said the following: James Harden, 9 percent, Kyrie Irving, 7 percent, Kawhi Leonard, 6 percent and Mike Conley, 4 percent. Of those who selected LeBron James, 68 percent were from the Northeast, followed by 61 percent from the South, 59 percent from the West and 57 percent from the Midwest. Since LeBron James was “awarded” the distinction of being the player with the training honor, it is a natural conclusion that Cleveland was selected as the team fans predict to win the 2016 championship.
The results of the survey have, by a landslide, pointed to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 2016 NBA champions, however ESPN has forecast a different winner for 2015. In the upcoming game, which boasts the NBA’s best player against the best team, the ESPN panel is predicting the Warriors as the winners in a six-game series. The first game airs from Golden State on June 4 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC with celebrations for the winning team just a few short weeks later. If Cleveland does not snag the championship, predictions have already secured their spot for 2016.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
ESPN: ESPN Forecast: Finals predictions
Harris Poll Online: How It Works
NBA: NBA Playoffs: Finals Schedule
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