It seemed like a relatively minor act, had no apparent bearing on the outcome of the game in which it was alleged to have occurred, the most noteworthy punishment handed out for it got overturned, and there’s great uncertainty over whether any of it actually happened. And yet a plurality of respondents in a national poll said that “DeflateGate” was the sports story that had the greatest impact in 2015.

Well, it certainly inspired the most incredulity as to why people were still arguing about it. The lesson, as always: Never underestimate the popularity of the NFL.

It’s hard to know what is more remarkable — that DeflateGate became such a dominant story line, or that the saga isn’t even over yet. The NFL is currently appealing a federal judge’s decision in September to overturn Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs before January’s AFC championship game, and that decision, by yet another federal court, won’t be made until March.

So there’s still a chance that Brady will be compelled to serve his suspension, which, given that he has steadfastly maintained his innocence, could conceivably prompt the 38-year-old Patriots quarterback to retire. In other words, there’s a chance that DeflateGate could also become the sports story with the biggest impact in 2016.

The poll was conducted between Dec. 1 and 7 to by Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and it consisted of asking 1,517 adults, via telephone, four questions about sports. Each was multiple-choice, so on the question of the story with the biggest impact, respondents had a choice between: DeflateGate; the resignation of Sepp Blatter amid the FIFA corruption scandal; the Missouri football team’s protest of campus racism; the growing concern over the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry; and an option to answer “unsure.”

DeflateGate was far from the landslide choice, but it led the way at 30%, with the FIFA and Missouri stories each getting the support of 27%. The group that most picked DeflateGate, at 37%, was one identified as having a household income of less than $50,000, while the groups identified as “College graduate” and “Latino” opted for it the least, at 23%.

Another question asked about “the best single sports accomplishment of the year,” offering these options: the U.S. women’s national team defeating Japan to win the World Cup; American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown; the Royals winning their first World Series since 1985; the Patriots wining their fourth Super Bowl since 2002; the Warriors beating the Cavaliers for the NBA title; and “unsure.”

The USWNT’s World Cup win easily took that category, getting 33% of the vote, followed by American Pharoah (21%), the Royals (17%), the Patriots (14%) and the Warriors (13%). The group most strongly in favor of the USWNT was one identified as “Latino,” at 42%; that group was also most in favor, at 46%, of the FIFA scandal having had the greatest impact.

There was also a question about which player “had the biggest impact” on his or her sport, and Steph Curry and Brady led the way, at 27% each, followed by Serena Williams (19%), Jordan Spieth (12%) and Carli Lloyd (9%). The greatest show of support for any of the athletes was provided by a group identified as “Age 18 to 29,” who gave Curry 43% of their votes.

The fourth question simply asked, “Do you consider yourself to be a sports fan, or not?” The group that most said “Yes” was identified as “African American,” at 75%, followed by “Men,” at 68%. The group that said “No” most often was “Women,” at 53%.