Originally posted by Grinner:
Happy for the UK and Euro Niner fans..
A question to the UK/Euro fans. has the Niners playing multiple games in Merry Ole England made them the most popular NFL team there ? or it it one NY/Boston teams ?
The Niners are already one of the most popular teams in the UK. The Bears or the Dolphins are #1 I think (at least they were a few years back when I read a survey, we were #3 or 4 I think). Basically anyone who was exciting in the 80s when the NFL became popular on British TV has had a head start with getting fans here (I'm Exhibit A, I guess). Then it's affiliations connected with college and/or work years for those of us who have had a US period in their lives: New York has a big advantage there, but Boston. the Bay Area, Chicago, Pittsburgh etc all have good schools around them. That's how I got the Phillies bug myself (2 years in Philly in the 90s). Finally there are the recent bandwagon fans, mostly younger ones (like I was in the 80s); the Patriots have got most of those for obvious reasons.
Look at the teams the NFL have selected over the years:
NE (twice), SF (twice), Denver, Miami, NYG, Chicago all fall in these categories. JAX and TB twice is a bit of a headscratcher, and NO-SD in 2008 may have had some promotional angle about Katrina sympathy (this is the only one I missed, as I was actually in the US at the time)