In most cases, fans have followed teams that play in their own backyard. At the same time, we have certain teams from pro to college sports that have made their own universal mark gaining fans interest from across the country and overseas.
Example: In pro sports from MLB, NBA and the NFL, we have the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys. These are organizations that have had lots of success winning championships, and having legendary coaches and players that went on to make the Hall of Fame.
And with that success, the world of big-time television marketed these successful franchises in America’s living rooms. This is why we have fans that like teams from other states. In college sports, big time schools such as Duke, Miami, Texas, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina, Florida, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Penn State and many more have gained interest from fans across the nation due to being on prime time television networks. Ultimately, in my opinion, you shouldn’t be a fan of a team only because they play down the street from your home.
You like who you like, no matter where they play. Being a Connecticut resident, I have heard many being criticized for being Cowboys, Steelers or Duke Fanatic. And I have repeatedly explained the simple fact of universal schools and professional organizations that have been on the market for decades. So if you’re living in the northern states wearing Texas gear, I wouldn’t have a problem with it, and neither should anyone else.
Question: If you’re a Packers, Steelers, Cowboys or Lakers fan living in Connecticut or any other state that doesn’t sport a pro team, and then later starts a pro franchise, will you then have to switch teams because of having one in your own state?