Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  41 responses

Kobe Is America’s 3rd ‘Favorite Sports Star’; LeBron Not in Top 10

The Harris Poll folks asked roughly 2,000 random Americans who they love and don’t love in sports, and here are their results. Kobe and MJ are tied in popularity, while LeBron has seen his drop. Please adjust your lives accordingly. Per the press release: “[Derek Jeter] has been on the list of America’s favorite sports stars since 2004, this year, for the first time he is at the top, jumping up from number 3 last year. Next on the list is Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning at number 2, up from 5th place last year and then in a tie for 3rd place on the list, making the debate of who is the best even harder to determine, is Kobe Bryant, down from tie for first place last year, and Michael Jordan, up from 7th place. Rounding out the top five at number five is someone who was number one from 2006 – 2009 and in a tie for number one last year, Tiger Woods. These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,163 adults surveyed online between June 13 and 20, 2011 by Harris Interactive. Looking at the rest of the top ten favorite sports stars, New England quarterback Tom Brady moves up 2 spots and is at number 6 this year while the St. Louis Cardinals great, Albert Pujols returns to the list at a tie for number 7 after a one year absence. The list then has three newcomers: in a tie for number 7, Pittsburgh Steelers great and Dancing with the Stars champion Hines Ward; Chicago Bulls phenom, named Rookie of the Year in his first season as a pro, is Derrick Rose at number 9; and, Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers comes in for the first time at number 10. Since there is one sports star returning and three new comers to the list that means four stars dropped off this year’s list. Those stars are: Packers, Jets and Vikings quarterback Brett Favre who was previously number 4, NBA star LeBron James (was number 6), New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (was number 9) and NASCAR great, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (was number 10).”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Oh my, Bron better pack his bags up and retire because 2,000 random people hate him.

  • Brahsef

    Hate is the new love

  • James cutler

    Who the he’ll cares what 2000 random people think? Slam just wants an excuse to mention lebrons name

  • T-Money

    Who are the people buying his jerseys and his shoes then (#1 in both)? Something doesn’t add up.

  • underdog

    @T-Money: Cavs fans to burn them.

  • Kid Dynamite


  • Red

    They did 2,000 because 2,000 is enough to project a rough estimate of everyone else.

  • mike

    Wow… no love for the hEAT. Chris Bosh didn’t even crack the top ten favorite female athlete

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Stupid poll…like 2000 can be a representative sample of 300,000,000+ people…


    BOOK IT!!!

  • Red

    Yes it can be, damn you guys are stupid.


    @Red: perhaps ignorant about Statistics and critical values, but it doesn’t mean they’re stupid.

  • mookie

    James is number 1 = brand new team, brand new jersey

  • rich

    i know its fake and all but no john cena? im a little surprised by that i think he would be top 20 then

  • Red

    My implication was stupid about statistics, my bad for not clarifying better.


    GUESS WHAT?! Bron Bron may not be in the top 10 of America’s favorite sports star, and that may make you “King” haters get all tingly, but at the end of the day LeBron James is winning in the game of life. The rest of you haters have to eventually get back to your regular ishy lives. End of Bron Bron satire.

  • CubicleWorker

    T-Money…. you have a player who still has a massive fan base, now he has a new jersey… people are gonna buy it

  • tRay

    This lockout is killing me! This is news worthy?!

  • Red Star

    Kobe! Lakers 4 Life!!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Didn’t read into detail but did they poll kids too? Cause I’m pretty sure most of the jerseys sales are for the kids…

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher


  • EJ

    Is Kobe hispanic?

  • T-Money

    Cublice, Mookie: Understood, the jersey is new. But, usually, fans don’t buy jersey from players they don’t “like” anymore, right? And that doesn’t explain why he’s first in shoes…

  • http://facebook hahaha

    Why are the lebron dickriders mad tho? Hahaha KOBE > lebrick

  • All Day

    @T-Money: I understand what you’re saying. I don’t see anyone rocking LeBron’s kicks, but I do see a lot of cats rocking Kobe’s kicks.

  • Rog23

    I don’t think lebron was ever favored by many bball fans ever. I think people hated on him from the beginning due to the jordan comparisons. I’ve been a lebron fan since his rookie year, and I’ve had few friends who liked him. Btw I’m 20.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed


  • robb

    I wonder how many jerseys would Lebron sell if people liked him. I mean he’s not in this top 10, yet he sells like crazy. It’s mind blowing.

  • Oh Nose

    Glad to see a fellow Chicagoan on the top 10

  • seriousblack

    Nike doesn’t pay Lebron more money than Kobe for no reason. His jersey sales are further proof that this poll is bs. Sidenote, the Seed is proud of his groupiehood.

  • retrobat

    That’s a pretty damn small sample size. Even 20,000 would be small. I don’t think one can make a claim about America’s favorite sports stars based on a sample that is less than 1% of the population.

  • http://www.Slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Woah, rose in the top ten, kinda unexpected.

  • Remo Williams

    Lebron is a great basketball player. One of, if not THE best. But he is also a coward and a liar. A great basketball player.

  • http://www.listerblister.blogspot.com rainman10

    you would have to understand statistics and sample sizes to realize 2,000 is good enough. It’s not like Lebron was number 1 before, or even ahead of Kobe. He was 6th.

  • Isiah

    Ya’ll mad now I remember just a few years ago lebron was ahead of Kobe and ya’ll Loved it now The tables are turnt and ya’ll hating

    But guess what?…………..guess what?

    Kobe and Lebron’s Life>>>>>>>Every single Hater

  • seriousblack

    2000 is too small of a number to adequately cover the various demographics of American sports fans. It’s not a good sample size for an extremely diverse country with over 300 million people. Anyone who knows about statistics would know that. Now if that number (2000) represented the opinions of a single major American city, that’s different.

  • freezy

    i like how jordan hasnt played in years and hes still 3rd on the list

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    2,000 completely and utterly random people chosen…..from Ohio.

  • Rog23

    Lebron is hated no doubt. Dude should just embrace the hate. Don’t try and please anyone but yourself. Be selfish. Ballhog. Talk some trash about other players. Taunt the crowd. Don’t let your haters go to waste. Use them as fuel like 23 did.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    if a retired athlete jumps from 7th to 3rd, your survey might be skewed.

  • Olafoa

    Lol @ the queen not even at the top ten. Its not a suprise question…. its FACT’s