Mapping the love

This is pretty cool (h/t).

You can see why Mike Slive was considered such a marketing genius, can’t you?  With those demographics, any of my kids could have engineered a better TV deal than the first one Slive cut.


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14 responses to “Mapping the love

  1. Jared S.

    I’m on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (Delmarva Peninsula). < 17.5%
    It’s a college football wasteland where I live! It’s sad, I tell ya. Thank God for the internet. =D


  2. I have to question how they came by these results. I currently live in Omaha & let me tell you, the whole state is Husker crazy! Granted there aren’t a lot of folks living in the Cornhusker state, but every single one of them bleed Scarlet & Cream.


  3. Gravidy

    Am I to assume the vast swaths of pale gray are not rated because they aren’t part of major television markets?


    • I assume they’re areas that don’t meet the 17.5% threshold. But your explanation makes sense.

      This is all Nielsen says about the map:

      According to Nielsen Scarborough, the highest percentage of college football fans lie in the Southeast and Midwest (SEC and BIG10), specifically in Alabama, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia, Northern Florida, Iowa and Louisiana. The Northeast and Southwest have an expectedly lower college football fan penetration.


      • Gravidy

        I live in that sea of pale gray covering south Georgia, and I’m pretty sure the percentage of college football fans around here is well north of 17.5%.

        The same is true elsewhere on the map. Just for starters, the cities of Auburn, Baton Rouge, Columbia, and Starkville all fall into the pale gray shading. Certainly they are well north of 17.5% as well.


        • W Cobb Dawg

          I don’t live in the area, but I’m confident the Augusta-Savannah-Albany triangle should be red, not periwinkle blue.


        • S.E Dawg

          I agree, there’s a hell of a lot of college football fans shown in my pale gray area. And we have a five star LB considering UGA.


      • rchris

        There are several gray areas whose exclusion only makes sense because they are not large enough TV markets, not lack of interest. For example, Columbia, Tallassee, and most of West Virginia.


      • 81Dog

        are you sure you read the Nielsen thing correctly? Maybe they think Montana has less than 17.5 people. Grizzly bears don’t watch much TV, other than Animal Planet.


  4. the most obvious flaw is Nebraska ,trust me they are fan’s and lots of them…. but my real comment is to W Cobb dawg….periwinkle blue…. I want to see your guy card….periwinkle blue… damn that is gray… light gray or dark gray…..periwinkle ….I don’t even know what that is ……Taupe/mauve ,I think I’ll paint the ceiling beige…in the future please use the guy color pallet…there is only 7 colors with light or dark shades …..sea foam and periwinkle are names paint companies and home decorators make up so they can charge more money. Periwinkle paint cost twice as much a gray. Sorry… I think you hit a nerve .I’ll start drinking now.


  5. 3rdandGrantham

    Not sure about Seattle/NW Washington state. I’ve been there many times and have good friends up there (including several Udub alums), and college football barely registers a pulse as far as I’m concerned. They basically are equating the Seattle market with the 3 major Texas markets, which I couldn’t disagree with more.


  6. ugafidelis

    In reference to my “knee of Dixie” comment from way back when; I live in Nole country and IMEO, there is way more than17.5 percent of the population that are college football fans.

    Also in my best Mama Boucher voice, ‘Uh basically Dixie don’t really have parts. But, uh if I had to call it anything, I would say it’s the knee.’


  7. JAX

    Sowega should be blood red. As stated above, no way this chart is accurate in that regard.