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Old 12-29-2008, 11:46 AM
 
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DE is like Jersey...the northern part would seem to side with the Phila teams and southern DE is right near Washington so obviously they'd probably side with them.
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:53 AM
 
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I live in Central DE and most are philly sports fans but then again most I know came from the pennsylvania area.
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:55 AM
 
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It is my impression that, traditionally, areas north of the Chesapeake canal identify more with Philadelphia teams and south of the canal (i.e. lower New Castle CO. and Kent & Sussex) with Balto.- D.C teams. Delaware is part of the Del-Mar-Va peninsula by definition. Flatlands are with Maryland and Piedmont w/Philly.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:09 PM
 
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I'm a native Delawarean and have lived in all three counties. When I was growing up in Milford, everyone I knew was a Philles and Eagles fan. The newspapers sports section was always biased that way. Maybe it's changed now.

BTW, this thread was started in May 2007.... The OP's last post on citi-data was in July of 2007.
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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I am also a native Delawarian from Sussex county and I can say it is pretty divided. Also, many people support the eagles and the orioles becuase until about twelve years ago there was no ravens. I cheer for ravens/o's but many of my friends are skins/o's or eagles/o's. The only phillies fans i know are transplants from PA(continentals).
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:46 PM
 
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Delaware is an extension of Md, it's part of Md's Eastern Shore IMO. TV market is Phily all the way although Sussix Co has some Balt Channels.
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:50 PM
 
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Delaware is an extension of Maryland? Why do you think they call it the DELmarva Peininsula?
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:18 AM
 
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As a native Delawarean (and very proud of it!), this is how my family feels about the North/South issue. We live in the Dover area and we feel more alliance with a Southern mentality. As life long residents will tell you, there is a DEFINITE difference of lifestyle below the canal, we are residents of the Delmarva peninsula and above the canal seems to identify more with Philly. Although Dover has become a bit more "urban" over the past several decades (and that is largely in part to the residents who are transplants to this area), if you go a few miles in either direction of town, you will find plenty of the southern Delaware minded, lower slower locals. There has been a little grumbling about the changes and that is to be expected as most people have difficulty with change but overall, its been nice to have a new facelift to the area. When I was younger, we received both Philly and Balitmore stations, then with an adjustment in cable company regions, the Dover area lost all of the Baltimore stations. (Point of interest...I remember when Oprah worked in Baltimore news back in the day). I am personally rooting for the Ravens!
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:48 PM
 
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I used to work in TV in Philly. Delaware & Cecil County MD are officially part of the Philadelphia market.

This might help.

A Brief History of the Mason-Dixon Surveys
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:55 AM
 
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I think a few factors will change the nature of whether Delaware is a Philly/Baltimore/DC sports area.

One is the increasing migration of people like me coming from out of state to live in Delaware. As a Met fan, I cannot imagine that changing just because I'm relocating. Since there are no professional teams in Delaware, many who come to live here will probably maintain their original home town allegiances.

Of course with the continued growth of coverage by ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network, MLB Network, etc - and the availability of the baseball, football and basketball packages on cable - it will be easier for those of us with "out of area" teams to follow ours.

That being said, while a Met fan, I'll also be very happy to be a Wilmington Blue Rocks fan! Each time I visit the area I take in a game and hope to be a regular at Frawley Stadium after next year.

Should there come a day that Delaware does become the host state to a professional sports team, that event will better define what kind of market the state will become.
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