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Old 06-26-2017, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Hi all,

I've been wondering which major US cities have, overall, the least interest in pro and college sports. I've been living in Boston for 18 years, where local teams are religion, games are on TV in all sorts of bars, restaurants, etc. and people in most social settings seem to expect that everyone is into them. When I visit other US cities, like LA, Portland, etc. it seems far less likely that I'll see people wearing sports regalia, games on TV in public places or conversations about pro or college sports. Other places, like NY, Philly and Chicago seemed more on the same level as Boston with general fandom. I'm not thinking about people personally playing sports, or doing other fitness activities, but rather about people who eagerly watch and talk about pro sports and big-money college sports.

In which major cities:
-do you think it is most or least likely to see sports broadcasts in public places?
-are bars most or least likely to be "sports bars"?
-do people seem most or least excited about pro sports?
-are conversations, clothing and overall fervor for watching and discussing sports more or less common?
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Manhattan Beach
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Miami and Los Angeles....simply because we have so many other outdoor options and things to do!!
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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Atlanta I went to a Hawks game with my girlfriend and you could literally hear every conversation fans had in rows all around you. Great date thou it was like a library, super quiet.
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:11 PM
 
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Los Angeles.

For one short glorious week when I was at UCLA, our football team was ranked #1. It was not difficult to get tickets to that week's game and there was no overall excitement in the city. But then again, L.A. is too big to be a "college town".

Also, L.A. is so spread out, and much of the population is so transient, there isn't a cohesive fan base with a love passed on from one generation to the next.

Atlanta still has a lot of college sports fans (football, mostly) and the Braves get love.
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Miami and Los Angeles....simply because we have so many other outdoor options and things to do!!

Where in Miami are you that you've never met a Heat fan?

And I don't see what outdoor options and things to do has to do with anything. My family goes fishing, boating, off-roading, to the beach, to the park etc. and they're all big Heat fans. My dad's a big Marlins fan, too.

I will say the Dolphins aren't really big in Miami, but the Heat certainly is. Its a basketball city. Your comment sounds like a snide assumption that pro-sport fans don't go outside and do anything else. I'd say demographics have more to do with it than geographic location and outdoor activities.
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Old 06-27-2017, 02:36 PM
 
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The Northeast is generally considered to have the best fandoms. Cities like Pittsburgh, Philly, Boston, and New York regularly top the lists of best fans for their perspective sports. The Midwest is also usually pretty strong in that regard with cities like Chicago, Cleveland, and St. Louis (baseball) known for loyal fans.


The Southeast (with the notable exception of SEC football) and the Southwest are less sport-centric, at least in my opinion. Could have something to do with the weather honestly.
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Old 06-27-2017, 02:59 PM
 
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The Southeast (with the notable exception of SEC football) and the Southwest are less sport-centric, at least in my opinion. Could have something to do with the weather honestly.
I'm a native Floridian and what it does have to do with is the massive transplant population that maintains allegiance to their hometown sports teams in NY, NJ, PA etc. versus adopting and/or supporting their new teams despite living in the area for several years or more. I cannot tell you how infuriating it is for example to attend a home game in Miami or Tampa and be actually outnumbered by locals wearing the visiting teams jerseys and cheering against the local team. It's truly rude to friends/neighbors and pathetic they're unable to support the local team.
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Old 06-27-2017, 04:07 PM
 
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The Southeast (with the notable exception of SEC football) and the Southwest are less sport-centric, at least in my opinion. Could have something to do with the weather honestly.
The Southeast also has the ACC. North Carolina is basketball country. South Carolina has Clemson football. Georgia Tech has their own unique fan base. Florida State has a rabid fan base.
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Old 06-27-2017, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Where in Miami are you that you've never met a Heat fan?

And I don't see what outdoor options and things to do has to do with anything. My family goes fishing, boating, off-roading, to the beach, to the park etc. and they're all big Heat fans. My dad's a big Marlins fan, too.

I will say the Dolphins aren't really big in Miami, but the Heat certainly is. Its a basketball city. Your comment sounds like a snide assumption that pro-sport fans don't go outside and do anything else. I'd say demographics have more to do with it than geographic location and outdoor activities.
No way. You must have been there when Lebron was in Miami. Before Wade got there, you couldn't buy a seat at that arena. Miami is mostly a bandwagon city but make no mistake about it, Miami is a football city through and through. From the jamborees at the pop warner level to the high school football to the huge following of the Hurricanes, Seminoles, and Gators, to the Dolphins which historically has been the team of South Florida as they are the oldest. Miami being one of the most talented if not the most talented football area in the nation helps it become a football city.
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Old 06-28-2017, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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No way. You must have been there when Lebron was in Miami. Before Wade got there, you couldn't buy a seat at that arena. Miami is mostly a bandwagon city but make no mistake about it, Miami is a football city through and through. From the jamborees at the pop warner level to the high school football to the huge following of the Hurricanes, Seminoles, and Gators, to the Dolphins which historically has been the team of South Florida as they are the oldest. Miami being one of the most talented if not the most talented football area in the nation helps it become a football city.

I been there from the 90s to 2010s lol. I went to my first Heat Game in the early 2000s. I'm sure there's been lots of bandwagon fans, but as far as I always remembered, the Heat and Marlins have been popular. The Dolphins have their fans too, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Hurricanes are bigger.

Gators (and Seminoles) fans are all throughout the state, and you'll find plenty in Miami too.
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