DirecTV has come out with a list of the strongest out-of-market fan bases for each NFL team, and not surprisingly, Raleigh-Durham is No. 1 for the Washington Redskins. It's not surprising because so many Triangle football fans followed the Skins before the Carolina Panthers entered the league — and never changed their allegiances.
The satellite TV company defines "out of market" as outside the team's home state and more than 100 miles away. DirecTV based the results on the percentage of NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers in a given market who named a specific team as their favorite.
(Gotta love this: The hottest spot for Cowboys fans outside Dallas? How about Washington, D.C.)
North Carolina pops up twice more on the list: Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., and Asheville have the strongest "displaced fan" bases for both Tampa Bay and the Atlanta Falcons.
For the second straight year, WAUG-AM 750 is carrying Redskins games, but the 500-watt station owned and operated by St. Augustine's College doesn't reach much farther than Wake County. Also, because WAUG has to sign off early, station manager Donal Ware says, three more Skins games this season will not be aired until the final whistle: Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN will televise), Nov. 16 at 8:15 p.m. against the Cowboys (NBC) and Dec. 28 at 4:15 p.m. at San Francisco.
Two other North Carolina stations — WSTP-AM in Salisbury and WAZZ-AM in Fayetteville — are part of the Redskins radio network, although spokesman Scott Linn said the network has approached other stations about signing on.
DirecTV, by the way, released its list of leading "displaced fan" markets to promote a national search for America's "Ultimate Displaced Fan." A Super Bowl trip is at stake.
Here are the largest out-of-market fan bases for each NFL team, according to DirecTV. The results
exclude all designated market areas that are within the home territory of the local team.
1. Arizona Cardinals – St. Louis, Mo.
2. Atlanta Falcons – Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. /
3. Baltimore Ravens – Harrisburg-Lancaster, Pa.
4. Buffalo Bills – Orlando-Daytona, Fla.
5. Carolina Panthers – Norfolk, Va.
6. Chicago Bears – Las Vegas, Nev.
7. Cincinnati Bengals – Charleston-Huntington, W. Va.
8. Cleveland Browns – Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.
9. Dallas Cowboys – Washington, D.C.
10. Denver Broncos – Las Vegas, Nev.
11. Detroit Lions – Orlando-Daytona, Fla.
12. Green Bay Packers – Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
13. Houston Texans – Fresno-Visalia, Calif.
14. Indianapolis Colts – Knoxville, Tenn.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars – Norfolk, Va.
16. Kansas City Chiefs – Des Moines, Iowa
17. Miami Dolphins – Atlanta, Ga.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Des Moines-Ames, Iowa
19. New England Patriots – Orlando-Daytona, Fla..
20. New Orleans Saints – Jackson, Miss.
21. New York Giants – West Palm Beach, Fla.
22. New York Jets – West Palm Beach, Fla.
23. Oakland Raiders – Las Vegas, Nev.
24. Philadelphia Eagles – Baltimore, Md.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Cleveland, Ohio
26. San Diego Chargers – Las Vegas, Nev
27. San Francisco 49ers – Portland, Ore.
28. Seattle Seahawks – Portland, Ore.
29. St. Louis Rams – Fresno-Visalia, Calif.
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Greenville-Spartanburg,
S.C. / Asheville
31. Tennessee Titans – San Antonio, Texas
32. Washington Redskins – Raleigh-Durham