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Buffalo Bills Found to Have Very Regional Fanbase

January 30th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

A recent Deadspin analysis of Facebook data found the Buffalo Bills to have one of the most regional fanbases in the NFL, with only a handful of counties favoring the Bills.

The analysis took into account what team Facebook users in each county in the nation listed as their favorite. The study found the Bills to be the favorite team in their home county, Erie, and the closest 14 neighboring counties in New York state: Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Yates and Schuyler.

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The New York Giants rule the eastern half of the state, with the New York Jets only the favorite in one county, Nassau, which makes up the western portion of Long Island. The Steelers reign supreme in New York's Steuben County.

The Steelers are one of three teams to show a nationwide presence. They have a presence in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and even in Utah, Nevada, Alaska and all of Hawaii. Their historical dominance likely caused that, as it did for the Dallas Cowboys, who completely control four states and counties in more than half the states in the union. And the Packers' reach goes as far as Oregon and more than half of Alaska.

All three of those teams have pockets of fans in Florida, as do the Giants and Bears … oh, and the three teams that play there, too – the Dolphins, Buccaneers and Jaguars. The Chargers only own the four southernmost counties in California, while the Texans were only able to pry away 10 nearby counties in Texas from the Cowboys.

The Raiders are still the favorite team in their former city, Los Angeles, as well as much of souther California, Nevada, extreme northern California and much of Oregon – and one county in Idaho.

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