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What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
This may be a dumb question for those living in or near cities with pro teams, but I'm interested in what residents' favorite teams are in states without pro teams; for instance, what is the most popular professional sports team in Alabama and Mississippi?

I'm from Tennessee and can tell you the Titans and Predators are strictly a Middle Tennessee thing. Despite the Titans being the only NFL team in TN, people from Memphis and Knoxville don't really care about the Nashville area teams. Memphis actually hates the Titans for skipping them over in the late 1990s.


I Bleed Garnet
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
Where I live :
All of them except the Nets, Devils and Islanders



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kywildcatfanone
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
For Kentucky it's probably the Bengals. In the southwestern part of the state, maybe the titans.

Edited to update Reds for the state of Kentucky, probably more so than Bengals.
This post was edited on 1/21 at 7:12 pm


Maytheporkbewithyou
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
Toss up between the Dallas Cowboys and the Saint Louis Cardinals.


pvilleguru
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
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what is the most popular professional sports team in Alabama
Depends on what part of the state you're asking about.


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MeatCleaverWeaver
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
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TRUERockyTop
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
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people from Memphis and Knoxville don't really care about the Nashville area teams.


I think it depends on the sport for Knoxville. Knoxville is a very Pro Preds town and a hodge podge mix of different NFL teams.


Arksulli
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
Well 40 years ago it was professional wrestling. Maybe not an actual sport mind you, but every week they did moon landing ratings on local TV for the wrestling show.

Now it is the Grizzlies.

Memphis is an odd sports town. They sort of kind of support the Grizzlies. And they sort of kind of, not so much, support the University of Memphis.

I think there are more SEC team fans in Memphis then there are fans of... well... Memphis. Memphis might be the best SEC city in the country in that you will find someone who cheers on any team and there really isn't something local to distract them.


TT9
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
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hodge podge mix of different NFL teams
indeed. Was Colts and Broncos when Manning was doing his thing.


KSGamecock
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
Packers here in Northern WI. Occasionally see some Brewers stuff but not much. Very little Bucks. Second most popular are the Bears.


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DownSouthJukin
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
South Mississippi: easily the Saints. I have a lot of friends with season tickets.


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TRUERockyTop
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
Yeah, lots of people followed Manning to Indy and Denver. I would say Titans, Cowboys, Steelers, Packers and Falcons are probably the biggest fan bases here if I had to guess


Kentucker
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TT9
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
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Titans, Cowboys, Steelers, Packers and Falcons are probably the biggest fan bases here if I had to guess
agree, we do have a small faction with family from the Northeast that get together on occasion, very small faction though.


genro
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
Alabama's NFL team is Alabama.


genro
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
The only truly professional team the state of Alabama cares about to any significant degree is the Atlanta Braves


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TRUERockyTop
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
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agree, we do have a small faction with family from the Northeast that get together on occasion, very small faction though


There's a few


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I Bleed Garnet
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
Charlotte:
Panthers when they’re good.
Hornets not much.

Raleigh:
Panther when they’re good
Russell Wilson when he’s good



BuccWildBammer
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
I live in Birmingham AL and I'll run it down by sport:

Local team: Birmingham Barons (particularly from up the mountain, since they played a long time at the Hoover Met, but it will be interesting to see how much support the semi-Pro FB team will have)

MLB - Atlanta Braves by far
NFL - A good bit of Falcons, some Cowboys, some Steelers (really it's a hodge podge since there are so many kids that come out of HS playing for different NFL teams)
NBA - A good bit of Bulls paraphernalia, but the majority of people you ask are surprisingly Lakers fans, small contingents of Hawks and Grizzlies fams
NHL - The large majority and Preds fans

I'm an outlier to all of these

I'm a Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Phillies, and St Louis Blues (if I HAD to choose an NHL team)


ExtraSpecial
Georgia Fan
mayhaw, ga.
Member since Dec 2018
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re: What is the most popular professional sports franchise in your area?
Knoxville's favorites:

NFL: Titans, but not exclusively
MLB: Braves, big time
NHL: Predators, to an extent
NBA: None; bandwagoners and transplants are the only ones who care


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