View Full Version : Harris Interactive Poll 2007: America's Favorite Team

07-10-2007, 10:14 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As Major League Baseball heads into the All-Star Game, the New York Yankees find themselves on top as the favorite baseball team among those who follow Major League Baseball for the fifth year in a row. The Atlanta Braves jump up one spot to No. 2 while the Boston Red Sox are in third place on the list. Rounding out the top five are the St Louis Cardinals at No. 4 and the Chicago Cubs at No. 5.


<LI class=bwlistitemmarginbottom>The Chicago White Sox have fallen 10 places from a tie at No. 11 to No. 21;

Frater Perdurabo
07-10-2007, 10:50 AM
All this list proves is that TV exposure helps.

Either the Yanks or the Red Sox get the #1 slot on Fox's Saturday game of the week and therefore get seen on more TV screens than any other Saturday game. ESPN shows more games of those two teams than any other. Both have gotten a lot of exposure in the last several years as both routinely make the playoffs. Finally, ESPN features them virtually non-stop on SportsCenter and blabbers on about them incessantly. It's not a surprise, though, when ESPN chose to locate itself at a point midway between the Two Poles of the Sports Universe.

The Braves and Cubs still benefit from their superstation exposure during the 80s and 90s. The Braves success from 1991-2005 polished their image, while 25 years of asset-building propaganda (intended to inflate shareholder profits) helped the Cubs for the past 25 years.

The Cards have no competition in Middle America, and the countless people who grow up there and move away (can we really blame them if they want to move as far away as possible from Effingham, Cape Girardeau, Blytheville, Little Rock, Muskogee, Tulsa or Paducah?) take their loyalty with them. The birth rate in that region is greater than that of the US as a whole, so that's a lot of Cardinals fans being born every year. But the region suffers a net loss of population because so many people get out of there as fast as they can!

07-10-2007, 11:34 AM
For such a popular team, the Braves can't seem to sell out playoff games.

07-10-2007, 12:03 PM
For such a popular team, the Braves can't seem to sell out playoff games.

With 14 postseason appearances since 1990, the playoffs are old hat for Braves fans. Nothing that sucking for a decade straight wouldn't cure.