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Selkirk Sport survey reveals an overwhelming preference for PPA Tour among pickleball fans


By Kyle Whatnall

on Aug 28, 2023

A Selkirk Sport survey showed that pickleball fans prefer the PPA Tour

The survey, which garnered results from more than 8,500 pickleball players, shed light on watch habits, in-person attendance and overall preference for professional pickleball tours. 

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho, Aug. 28, 2023 — Selkirk Sport, the leading pickleball paddle brand and manufacturer, conducted an extensive survey to gauge the preferences and habits of pickleball fans regarding their tournament play and preferred professional pickleball tours.

This survey was conducted between April 18 and May 16 among pickleball fans and Selkirk's followers. After an overwhelming response from the community — with more than 8,500 respondents — the findings showcase an undeniable preference for the Professional Pickleball Association Tour over Major League Pickleball.

"We are thrilled to see the overwhelming support and preference for the PPA Tour among pickleball players," said Mike Barnes, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Selkirk Sport. "The survey results reinforce our belief in the PPA Tour's status as the premier pickleball tour. Selkirk Sport will continue to invest in this partnership, offering players the best possible equipment to support the growth and development of the professional pickleball scene."

Key highlights of the survey include: 

  • The PPA Tour is the preferred tour to watch. The survey revealed that 3.5 times the number of respondents preferred watching the PPA Tour over MLP. 
  • Respondents ranked the PPA Tour as the most prestigious. When asked what they view as the most prestigious events in pickleball, more than half of the respondents selected PPA Tour events.
  • The PPA Tour was the most live-streamed. Among the listed tours, 67% of the respondents have watched a live stream or replay of the PPA Tour, with MLP not far behind at 61%. 
  • The PPA Tour had the most in-person attendance. The PPA Tour also had the most in-person attendance, with 20% of respondents stating they’ve attended a PPA tournament. This attendance figure is four times higher than those who attended an MLP event. 

  • Professional Pickleball Viewership:

    Aside from the survey results, total viewership numbers from YouTube also showcase a fan preference for the PPA Tour. 

  • PPA Tour: Nearly 25 million views (Since Nov. 2019) and nearly 14 million views year-to-date.
  • Major League Pickleball: Nearly 3.3 million views ( Since Sept. 2021) and just over 2 million views year-to-date
  • (SocialBlade.com was used to gather the above YouTube viewership numbers.)

    View the full survey findings here. 

    About Selkirk Sport

    Selkirk Sport, a made-in-the-USA manufacturer of pickleball paddles and accessories, is a family-owned and operated company. Selkirk Sport is based in Hayden, Idaho, in the shadows of its namesake, the Selkirk mountain range. Founded in 2014, Selkirk Sport was born from a passion for sport and the great Western outdoor leisure lifestyle that was afforded to the company’s founders, Rob and Mike Barnes, along with their father Jim, who is Selkirk’s production manager. Backed by the philosophy of always pushing the limits, Selkirk Sport is committed to manufacturing products that deliver the highest performance with unmatched quality and service. As part of its early success, Selkirk Sport was the first pickleball manufacturer to offer an unprecedented lifetime warranty on its high-performance products. To meet the demands of the game’s premier professionals, the company developed low-profile edge guards that are lightweight and extremely durable. Selkirk Sport has become one of the industry’s fastest-growing companies, with paddles used by many of the game’s premier players, such as Tyson McGuffin, Parris Todd, Dylan Frazier, Mary Brascia, Maggie Brascia, Wesley Gabrielsen, Cammy MacGregor, and a host of others premier players and national/regional champions.

     

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