A large part of this blog has been devoted to the notion that proximity is integral to fandom, thereby opening up more sponsorship opportunities by having a localized following that can be more attractive to businesses that operate mostly in your region.

Some supporting data has come via some plucky Facebook searches. Turns out there’s a quite visible correlation between an NFL team’s respective fan population in a given county, and the distance between that county and nearby NFL teams.

Crazy, huh?

NFL fans map