NFL fandom map sourced from Facebook data
I’ve never been able to convince myself to avidly follow professional team sports in any way, and I’m not really sure why — perhaps it’s because I’ve never spent a whole lot of time living in a place where everyone shares the unifying trait of rallying around a single team. I’ve spent most of my life either in a metro area that has more than one team (NYC); a suburban area where allegiances tend to be split between at least three different teams for every sport (central New Jersey, where my dad’s family is from); or a rural area closer to Canada than to any professional U.S. sports arena (Kennebec County, ME, where my mom’s family is from). I lived in San Francisco before any of its teams were showing a whole lot of promise, and trust me, once the Niners or the Giants start being “meh” again, the city will just pretend they don’t exist rather than letting it destroy their souls in the manner of what happens to Bostonians when the Red Sox go into a losing streak. Or maybe my apathy toward professional sports fandom is because I’ve always been drawn to endurance sports where the payoffs are low and the athletes are often running on a blend of faith, insanity, and Gu energy gel. 
(It sure wasn’t out of being sheltered from sports fans; Mom watched the NFL draft obsessively. With a notebook. When she was close to the end, there was only one thing she wanted to watch on that hospital TV: Football.)
But whatever the case may be, if you show me a map of professional sports team fan affiliations across the country, I will stare at it for hours. Literally. This is fascinating and I’m sure my lack of football knowledge means I’m missing out on many of the nuances here — like the sheer breadth of Pittsburgh, Green Bay (WTF, Alaska?), and Dallas fandom. And how does this change over time? Do the teams that seem to be confined to their own metro areas (Cleveland, Buffalo, Cincinnati) see expansion when they’re, uh, performing better? How much of this has to do with TV distribution deals and networks’ metro markets?
Click the Deadspin link for a high-res version.
(via Deadspin)

NFL fandom map sourced from Facebook data

I’ve never been able to convince myself to avidly follow professional team sports in any way, and I’m not really sure why — perhaps it’s because I’ve never spent a whole lot of time living in a place where everyone shares the unifying trait of rallying around a single team. I’ve spent most of my life either in a metro area that has more than one team (NYC); a suburban area where allegiances tend to be split between at least three different teams for every sport (central New Jersey, where my dad’s family is from); or a rural area closer to Canada than to any professional U.S. sports arena (Kennebec County, ME, where my mom’s family is from). I lived in San Francisco before any of its teams were showing a whole lot of promise, and trust me, once the Niners or the Giants start being “meh” again, the city will just pretend they don’t exist rather than letting it destroy their souls in the manner of what happens to Bostonians when the Red Sox go into a losing streak. Or maybe my apathy toward professional sports fandom is because I’ve always been drawn to endurance sports where the payoffs are low and the athletes are often running on a blend of faith, insanity, and Gu energy gel. 

(It sure wasn’t out of being sheltered from sports fans; Mom watched the NFL draft obsessively. With a notebook. When she was close to the end, there was only one thing she wanted to watch on that hospital TV: Football.)

But whatever the case may be, if you show me a map of professional sports team fan affiliations across the country, I will stare at it for hours. Literally. This is fascinating and I’m sure my lack of football knowledge means I’m missing out on many of the nuances here — like the sheer breadth of Pittsburgh, Green Bay (WTF, Alaska?), and Dallas fandom. And how does this change over time? Do the teams that seem to be confined to their own metro areas (Cleveland, Buffalo, Cincinnati) see expansion when they’re, uh, performing better? How much of this has to do with TV distribution deals and networks’ metro markets?

Click the Deadspin link for a high-res version.

(via Deadspin)

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  4. jessicadeva said: When I look at this, all I can think is - how can the people of NM be so confused? Cowboys, really??
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