Interesting study reported by sportsbusinessjournal.com: how much support all the major franchises receive locally. Some noteables:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (every network staking out Big Ben's hospital will do that)
2. New England Patriots
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Buffalo Sabres
5. Boston Red Sox
8. Detroit Red Wings
20. Pittsburgh Penguins
21. Ottawa Senators
28. Dallas Cowboys
29. New York Yankees
118. Washington Capitals
122. (dead last) Arizona Cardinals
---I'm not surprised at all the Steelers are number one. They should be. Any time the backup tackle takes a poop it's front page news.
--I am a little surprised that the Colts beat out the Sabres and the Red Sox. I guess not much else goes on in Indy, so that plays in their favor.
--Good to see the Penguins coming in 3rd for NHL teams. Well deserved and pretty accurate in my estimation.
--Dallas #28? The Yankees #29? Hmm.
---There are a lot of great Capitals blogs out there, but unfortunately that's about all the support they receive. As a resident of this area, I can tell you they generate about as much local excitement in the media as the minor league soccer team in Richmond (where I used to live) did.