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DC Sports Fans' Team Loyalties Reflect City's Population Growth, Transient Makeup
Published October 24, 2011
BREAKING IT DOWN: Just 48% of pro football fans in the area say the Redskins "are their favorite team." Among area baseball fans, 51% “support either the Nationals or the Orioles, while 16 percent favor either the Yankees or the Red Sox.” Twenty-nine percent of area basketball fans "choose the Wizards as their favorite team, with a stunning 14 percent identifying the Los Angeles Lakers and 9 percent the Boston Celtics." Forty-two percent of area soccer fans “say D.C. United is their favorite professional team.” Thirty-seven percent of area sports fans aged 18-39 “have ‘strongly’ favorable views of the Capitals, more than double that of any other area team.” The Capitals “are chosen as the favorite NHL team by 72 percent of area hockey fans, dwarfing any other local franchise.” The poll also confirmed that DC is a "decidedly pro sports market; 55 percent of area sports fans favor pro sports and only 10 percent choose colleges." Thirty-five percent “say they like both college and pro sports equally.” DC residents said that “they care about sports, even more so than Americans at large,” with 83% calling themselves “sports fans” and 45% “describing their passion as greater than casual.” That compares to 75% of Americans who “call themselves sports fans, with 38 percent saying they’re more than casual fans” (WASHINGTON POST, 10/23).