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Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: College Football Fans Choose Family Over Fortune

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Money almost doesn’t matter when it comes to giving this holiday season, as the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll finds that college football fans are more likely to give away tickets to the Discover BCS National Championship Game if they can’t go themselves.

When asked what they would do if they purchased a ticket to the national championship and later found out they couldn’t go, fans chose the following options:

  • Give it to a relative, 37 percent
  • Give it to a friend, 22 percent
  • Sell it to the highest bidder, 29 percent
  • Sell it at face value, 9 percent
  • Swallow the ticket, 1 percent
  • Not sure, 3 percent

With some single tickets for the championship between No. 1 ranked Notre Dame and No. 2 ranked Alabama going for $1,000 on ticket broker websites, the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll asked fans how much they would be willing to pay. Results are as follows:

  • Under $100, 62 percent
  • $100-$500, 19 percent
  • $500-$1,000, 3 percent
  • $1,000-$2,000, 1 percent
  • $2,000-$3,000, 1 percent
  • $3,000 or more, 1 percent
  • Not sure, 15 percent

With the national championship game taking place less than a month from now, fans formed a more solid opinion of who they think is the best team in the country right now. In a 15 point jump from last week, 40 percent of Discover Fan Loyalty Poll fans picked Alabama. Losing 9 points from last week, Notre Dame fell to 29 percent of the vote, followed by:

  • Oregon, 7 percent
  • Florida, 3 percent
  • Kansas State, 2 percent
  • Stanford, 2 percent
  • Georgia, 2 percent
  • LSU, 1 percent
  • Some other team, 10 percent
  • Not sure, 4 percent

The Crimson Tide was the favorite to win the national championship, at 57 percent, followed by the Fighting Irish with 30 percent.

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