Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:53 PM
I can't pull up cbssports website at work, so I don't know if it's the same poll. However, if it's the same one I saw a few years ago, they actually asked those polled who their favorite team is in each sport and then they list the team with the highest total as that states favorite team, regardless of sport. In that poll the Panthers were by a wide margin the favorite NFL team of those in NC, but you still have the prideless Steelers, Cowboys, etc fans bringing the percentage down some. However, when asked about baseball, the Braves dominated because there is no local team, the Braves are still popular in the southeast from when they were the only team in the region, and fewer people care about baseball now. Therefore, the Braves percentage for favorite baseball team was higher than the Panthers percentage for favorite NFL team, so the Braves were listed as the states favorite pro sports team.