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Old 02-06-2018, 04:57 PM
 
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Why is football such a big deal in the American South? I know it's popular in the US as a whole, but it's practically a religion in the south.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Friday night. For kids and parents together.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:07 PM
 
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Friday night. For kids and parents together.
OK? That doesn't answer my question.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:10 PM
 
Location: AriZona
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Why single out the South when it's huge all over America? With not much research, I believe a case could be made for every region across the USA.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:25 PM
 
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During the first generations of pro football, franchises were largely concentrated in the Midwest & North.. Because of the initial absence of pro teams in the South, I think it solidified college football's popularity below the Mason-Dixon.

But I don't necessarily think the sport is more popular (or religious-like) with Southern audiences.. it's just a different appetite. More college & high school in the South, compared to the North. But I think there are spots in the Midwest (missing pro teams, ie Iowa & Nebraska), where the college game is also supreme (?)
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Phila & NYC
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Why single out the South when it's huge all over America? With not much research, I believe a case could be made for every region across the USA.
The OP says "like religion", describes how small towns rally around their High School teams. There are a ton of small towns/rural areas down south, as there are in many other regions as well. Those schools generally get more support then Suburban or Urban schools.

Another difference is most Urban and Suburban Public Schools require athletic coaches to be full time employees of the school districts, meaning the coaches are usually teachers, and are compensated a few thousands dollars extra to coach. Many rural schools tend to hire outsiders to coach, and pay a full time salary to do so.
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