Most Popular Sports Team in Each US State

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  1. Erzengel |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

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    This is an article from Bleacher Report:

    Alabama: University of Alabama Football
    Alaska: University of Alaska-Anchorage Ice Hockey
    Arizona: Phoenix Suns
    Arkansas: University of Arkansas Football
    California: Los Angeles Lakers
    Colorado: Denver Broncos
    Connecticut: University of Connecticut Men's & Women's Basketball
    Delaware: Philadelphia Eagles
    District of Columbia: Washington Redskins
    Florida: University of Florida Football
    Georgia: University of Georgia Football
    Hawaii: University of Hawaii Football
    Idaho: Boise State Football
    Illinois: Chicago Cubs
    Indiana: Indianapolis Colts
    Iowa: University of Iowa Football
    Kansas: Kansas University Basketball
    Kentucky: University of Kentucky Basketball
    Louisiana: LSU Football
    Maine: Boston Red Sox
    Maryland: Baltimore Ravens
    Massachusetts: Boston Red Sox
    Michigan: University of Michigan Football
    Minnesota: Minnesota Vikings
    Mississippi: Ole Miss Football
    Missouri: St. Louis Cardinals
    Montana: University of Montana Football
    Nebraska: University of Nebraska Football
    Nevada: Los Angeles Lakers/Los Angeles Dodgers
    New Hampshire: Boston Red Sox
    New Jersey: New York Yankees
    New Mexico: University of New Mexico Men's Basketball
    New York: New York Yankees
    North Carolina: University of North Carolina Men's Basketball
    North Dakota: Minnesota Vikings
    Ohio: Ohio State Football
    Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Football
    Oregon: University of Oregon Football
    Pennsylvania: Penn State Football
    Rhode Island: New England Patriots
    South Carolina: University of South Carolina Football
    South Dakota: Minnesota Vikings
    Tennessee: University of Tennessee Football
    Texas: Dallas Cowboys
    Utah: Brigham Young Football
    Vermont: Boston Red Sox
    Virginia: Washington Redskins
    Washington: Seattle Mariners
    West Virginia: West Virginia Football
    Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers
    Wyoming: Denver Broncos

    I can attest to NY/NJ being primarily NY Yankees fans. NYC is essentially a baseball town with the Yankees as the favorite team. NJ is split between NY and Philadelphia but for the most part I think it's the NY Yankees as the article said, football is split and the Mets not as popular.

    What about your state?
     
  2. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    I'd say that's a pretty accurate list.
     
  3. Scarlet spidey Old school

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    I'd love to see one with only professional teams.
     
  4. Blitzkrieg Bop Fight Owens Fight

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    I find that living in South Carolina, most people don't care for professional teams. A lot of them don't like that the pros get paid so much and make the argument that college teams play for the love of the game, pros play for money. I personally don't like college sports.
     
  5. Scarlet spidey Old school

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    I don't follow college at all. I'm sort of weird with my sports though. I like pro football. And eSports(Mostly that Starcraft thing). Nothing else, really.
    I watch NFL, CFL, and watched UFL when it wasn't the most impossible thing on the face of the planet to do.
     
  6. Themanofbat Never Mind the Buttocks...

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    I think it's both sad AND hilarious that the states that have Major league teams still lose out to College teams as far as being the fan favourite...

    :yay:
     
  7. jacobed Registered

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    I'm going to disagree with Minnesota. Id say the Twins and Wild are both higher than the Vikes
     
  8. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    College has, and probably always will have more power than pros. Especially football.
     
  9. Scarlet spidey Old school

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    I think it depends on the region. I don't know any college football fans here in Minnesota. Same goes for basketball. There are a few college hockey fans I know, but it is Minnesota after all.
     
  10. Poetic Chaos Hella fetch.

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    I wonder if the 49ers can overtake the Lakers once Kobe retires. Assuming they become playoff mainstays and win at least one Superbowl in the next 3 years.
     
  11. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    A man at my church has a son that was a teacher at the University of Minnesota. He said that our high school team here in GA, could beat the Gophers in football. lol

    But yes...I know Minnesota is hockey state USA. It is on my to do list to see some ice action live and in person someday.
     
  12. Erzengel |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

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    Well mostly in the South and Midwest in general. I know Connecticut is different but NY and NJ are more about the pro teams.
     
  13. Erzengel |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

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    In the article they did say that California is sectioned off but a consensus of the entire state and it was the Lakers.

    You also have to remember the 49ers had one window in the 80s. Lakers have been successful in 5-6 different decades.
     
  14. Scarlet spidey Old school

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    I wouldn't even be remotely surprised. I don't pay too much attention, but when the Golphers win I know it's usually a big deal, which means they rarely win, haha.

    I'm not a big hockey fan, but I've had a chance to see the Wild play live a few times. It's pretty fun. Our arena is nice too. :)
     
  15. The Incredible Hulk Bad Hombre

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    Need some more context on this in terms of how they measure popularity but I'm not buying that on Michigan. The state is too split between UM and MSU, and that doesnt even factor in the other schools like WMU, CMU, and EMU that have large followings.

    State team would have to be either the Tigers, Red Wings, or Lions, where there's more of a consensus due to lack of other pro options.

    Although again, it's hard to tell without a link what the author of article used to grade "popularity"
     
  16. zeroapoc Eldritch Abomination

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    I honestly don't see your point. I don't see why it's sad for a college team to be popular.
     
  17. zeroapoc Eldritch Abomination

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    Who's your high school team? I'm in GA too.

    Northside Eagles for the record. :cwink:
     
  18. Erzengel |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

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    I live in an area where college sports isn't as popular as in some areas.

    But I never saw how people could get so into college sports when you didn't go to the school.

    At least pro sports, if you're from the area, I understand that.
     
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  19. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    Classified.

    I do know who Northside is, but we're not even remotely nearby.
     
  20. zeroapoc Eldritch Abomination

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    Most areas of the country didn't have pros sports until the 60's at the earliest. Outside of Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit, pro sports were confined to the Northeast for decades. Even Los Angeles was excluded.

    College teams were all the areas had.
     
  21. Immortalfire In the pale moonlight

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    Good point. The Giants and Dodgers moved to the west in the late fifties, in the midwest the Cowboys didn't come along til 1960. And the southeast was totally devoid of pro teams until the Braves arrived in '66.
     
  22. Hush Wee Little Puppet Man

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    Yeah Missouri is spot on even though I hate Baseball.
     
  23. BatSpider Not an S

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    Uh no
     
  24. Lantern Venom Emerald Echo Podcast Co-Host

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    I have a hard time believing the PSU fanbase is bigger than that of the Steelers. Likewise, I have a hard time believing that the BoSox boast more fans than the Celtics or Patriots. Other than that, the list seems plausible.

    My home state is sports crazy, but there are divided loyalites. While the Redskins are #1, the Cowboys, Steelers, and Ravens all have huge fanbases here. Although the Nationals are gaining a large following in pro baseball as well. No one seems to remember that the Wizards exist.
     
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    Prolonged success has a lot to do with it, I think. When I moved to Lexington, KY in the mid-90s, I didn't watch college sports at all. 3 months later, I was a raving UK fan due in no small part to the fact that all other sports, college and pro, were a distant second to the Cats. Every able-bodied kid in the state dreams of playing in Rupp Arena one day because they have heard their parents and grandparents cheering the Cats.

    While I've never been to Alabama, I can imagine it's the same way for the football team down there. They have been winning championships for decades, so I'm guessing fandom gets handed down like a family keepsake.
     

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