Please note DePaul is no longer my team. I tossed them on the woodpile a long time ago.
See, this is perhaps why Americans don't "get" football. It's easier to change sex than change your team. You won't come across ANYone at a match who said they used to support Arsenal but changed to Chelsea cos they liked the colours better or something. And you can't up and move a team across the country - it's only ever happened once and there was such an outcry about it the rules were changed to stop it happening again; and the team formed to replace the original is now (in league position terms) back to where they were when they were moved. Supporter culture in the States is very different to the rest of the world.
That's another ridiculous generality. Most Americans live and die by their teams even in the bad times too. And I bet some brits abandon their teams from time to time.
Agreed. I switched my college teams when I decided on what university I wanted to go to. I switched NFL and NBA teams when Charlotte got the Panthers and Hornets, and I actually got a "home team" to root for.
So your evidence that Rossi is right is to provide evidence that I am right?
Some people stop going if their team descends down the divisions. True enough. But that's usually cos it's expensive to watch rubbish. Leeds were getting 30,000 last year in the third division. Imagine someone in AAA or whatever it would be baseball getting 180,000. Our average attendance has been over 20,000 for about 15 years even though we've never won anything and have three much more successful teams within 15 miles. And if people stop going, they do NOT support anyone else. It's inhuman.