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Jessica K.

Hey, you should check out http://www.OurPlaybook.com which is a new community for sports fans of both pro and college sports.


You make an interesting observation on the impact of media on sports team affiliations, Jack. In addition to "mapping" sports team loyalties at discrete points of time, it would be instructive to track changes over time. Beyond television, I imagine the internet has had, and will continue to have, its own unique influence.

Jack M.

I think with the development of more TV channels, people are rooting less for the home team. I grew up an Atlanta Braves fan here in PA thanks to TBS


Thanks, Jake. These are some great sites. Naturally, I find the the third especially intriguing. I'd really like to look into more of the human geographic factors that influence team loyalties in a given region or town, particularly in areas where they stray from state borders, and in divided states like Connecticut. It would be great to see full transcripts of John Branch's interviews and/or conduct new ones asking individuals why they cheer for one team or another.

Jake K

Sports and Maps, great combination! This post reminds me of 3 things that I think are worth sharing:

1. An artistic portrayal of the baseball fan map on the CommonCensus site which stirred up some debate regarding its accuracy: http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2007/08/03/160-the-united-countries-of-baseball/

2. A website that maps out where NFL games are broadcast. If you look through some of those, you find some games broadcast in areas that don't seem to make sense, in terms of what teams you would expect would have a greater following in an area. I guess the TV networks and marketing people know what they are doing, though. I also wonder if they use any type of polling to decide what games to put on TV in areas that don't have clearly defined fanbases: http://www.the506.com/nflmaps/index.html

3. Finally, a great NY Times article from 2006 where John Branch tried to map out exactly where the border was between "Red Sox Nation" and "Yankee Country": http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/18/sports/baseball/18fans.html

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