Ohio State Has Top Ranked 'Local Fan Base'

January 30, 2014 at 1:07p    by DJ Byrnes    
39 Comments
A Nielsen Poll

A Niselsen poll lists Columbus as the top "local fan base" in college football with a staggering 66% of Columbus residents having reported they watched, attended or listened to a game in the last 12 months.

Suck on that, Birmingham!

Source: @IMGCollege

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BucksfanXC's picture

That actually seems really low. Who are the 1/3 of Columbus residents that have found some way to avoid OSU games?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

RedStorm45's picture

Wives who go shopping - believe me, it's a high number.
 
Michigan, Notre Dame, etc. fans.

BucksfanXC's picture

My wife, an MSU grad, who does not live in Ohio, has no way of avoiding OSU games. But there are people out there with second families/lives, so I guess to each their own.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

There are many squirrels in Columbus. 

hodge's picture

My mother was featured on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch back in 2002 in an article about that exact subject.  It was entitled "For some Columbus residents, Ohio State isn't everything".

BucksfanXC's picture

I would like to read this article. Link? Or is that giving away your identity and personal info?

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

hodge's picture

Couldn't find it.  I'd have posted it otherwise haha.

Earle's picture

Always nice to see someone overcoming their upbringing...

Just say no to italics abuse.

cal3713's picture

...and after it ran, she had to move to Indiana.

MindTwinMedia's picture

Buckeyes are The Best Damn Fans In The Land
https://vimeo.com/85118489

RedStorm45's picture

In other news, water is wet.

tennbuckeye19's picture

The sad thing is that both Arkansas and Tennessee were terrible and yet their fans...
Wait nevermind, I'm a Browns fan and I still watch them too...

DJ Byrnes's picture

I've watched every snap since 2010. #Browns

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

sharks's picture

That's why there's really no impetus to get better. We idiot Browns fans are like battered spouses who just can't leave.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

vitaminB's picture

I always thought Bama was in Tuscaloosa. 

The TresselMeyer's picture

It is. And Arkansas is in Fayetteville, and Oklahoma is in Norman. I"m guessing they just used large(r) cities which were in close proximity to the schools, and would obviously have a strong rooting interest.
Either that, or whoever ran this study made a bit of a blunder.

Brady Hoke's reaction to the Urban Meyer hire: "Not good."

TilstheHun3's picture

It is... the media can't even take a poll correctly, oh wait, we've seen that before.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?
 

tennbuckeye19's picture

It is. The 2 cities are about 50 miles apart, so I guess they're going with the closest "big city" to the school?

cronimi's picture

They are probably using "metro areas" (i.e., source of media signal). Though I don't know for sure, I imagine the network affiliates  seen in Tuscaloosa are B'ham stations, the affiliates seen in Norman are OK City stations, etc.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Also Columbus is bigger than the other cities. So the amount of people is also much larger. 

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

hit_the_couch's picture

It's based off percentage of watching, not population. 6 out of 10 is 60% and so is 600 out of 1000.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

You don't have to give me a math lesson, and it states it is percentage of population (not just people watching/ listening).  And that is my point.  Columbus has 800,000 people.  Birmingham has 200,000.  My point was that the shear number of fans in Columbus is almost 2.5X the total population of Birmingham/ Tuscaloosa. 

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

hit_the_couch's picture

Percent of population. That is all.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Stinson's picture

It's hard for all of us to imagine not listening to or seeing a Buckeye game. 

But believe it or not, there are people in Columbus that pull it off.

I much prefer not pulling it off. #GoBucks

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

hit_the_couch's picture

What were those bama numbers before Saban when they were sucking balls?

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

BiElEmAsDoUbLeChIn's picture

Screw Bama...All I know is were number 1!! Hate to Love us-Love to hate us..GET IN LINE!!

brandonbauer87's picture

I'd like to see the full report. Using big cities nearby skews the results in the Bucks favor. 

Crumb's picture

Being from Cincy I'd love to see some poll like this done for all of Ohio's major cities, sometimes  I feel like the only in the Queen City.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

MichaelJ721984's picture

I've always sensed a bit of separation from Cincy area folks towards Ohio State. I know 3 broads that were OSU fans (not diehard like us upstanding folk on here!) and they all went to UC. Once there, they DESPISED the Buckeyes and to this day still do. Luckily, they're pretty so I still converse with them. What's up with people down there?
 
PS- I've started petitions to have Cincinnati annexed so maybe I'm not the right fella asking this question. No offense to you however sir.

Bucksfan's picture

This has been covered extensively elsewhere.  I grew up in Cincy, moved away for the better part of a decade, and have since moved back.  I see a lot of people in Buckeye gear in Cincy, relatively speaking.  People give me a Go Bucks at Kroger when I'm wearing OSU stuff.  But of course, you also see a lot of UC, Xavier, Miami, UK, Dayton, OU, and Louisville gear, and everyone hates everyone, particularly come March lol.  Yeah, there are a lot of people who hate Ohio State, but it really is a college basketball town, and both UC's national championships were won over Ohio State.  So, that's just what you're going to get when it comes to the Buckeyes.  Everyone who's a UC fan grows up learning that Ohio State won't schedule UC in basketball because they're afraid.  Ohio State fans hear that, and they respond with excuses about how UC isn't on OSU's level, blah blah blah.
That's sports, baby.  UC-Ohio State is a rivalry that doesn't play.  So, you're just going to get what appears to be baseless spite.

MichaelJ721984's picture

Appreciate the feedback bro. I never had an issue with the Bearcats til my friends came back running their mouths about how UC was better at this & that. There was also some video stating "A Buckeye will never survive a night on our turf" and at that point I started the petitions lol I now refer to em as the BitchCats lol  I'll be in The Shoe come fall with those 3 rumdums hoping for an asswhoopin!

thatlillefty's picture

Is this info proprietary, or can we get a link for some more background?

Go1Bucks's picture

yes, I own it all and you can't have it.  Its mine i tell ya! Bhwaaaaaaaaaaa!
OSU is#1!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Damn, spilled my beer in all this happy.

Go Bucks!

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Depending upon their definition of 'local area':
 
City
Columbus 797K (*.66 =) 526K
Oklahoma City 599K (*.55 =) 329K
Birmingham 212K (*.65 =) 138K
Little Rock 194K (*.58 =) 113K
Knoxville 179K (*.56 =) 100K
MSA (Metro Statistical Area)
Columbus 2.308M (*.66 =) 1.523M
Birmingham 1.128M (*.65 =) 733K
Oklahoma City 1.253M (*.55 =) 689K
Knoxville 843K (*.56 =) 472K
Little Rock 718K (*.58 =) 416K
CSA (Combined Statistical Area)
Columbus 2.348M (*.66 =) 1.550M
Birmingham 1.302M (*.65 =) 846K
Oklahoma City 1.322M (*.55 =) 727K
Knoxville 1.029M (*.56 =) 576K
Little Rock 893K (*.58 =) 517K

741's picture

I am wondering what the hell is wrong with the other 34%. #forreal

40 Degrees North's picture

I am not surprised by this at all. Columbus loves their Buckeyes. What a lot of people do not know is Columbus, in general, loves sports. It is a sports crazy town. Look at the TV ratings for any big sporting event. From the Super Bowl and March Madness to PGA Golf on CBS and French Open tennis. Columbus is at or near the top in the TV ratings for nearly every sporting event.
I can almost guarantee that Columbus will be a top 10 market, if not a top 5 market, in the TV ratings for both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. 

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