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Braves Still 3rd Most Popular Team in the Nation


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For the second straight year, the Braves rank as America's third-most popular team in a Harris Interactive Poll of baseball fans.

Leading the list for the eighth year in a row: the New York Yankees, followed by the Boston Red Sox. The Braves and Yankees are the only teams to rank in the top 3 every year since Harris began polling on the topic in 1999.

Rounding out the top five in this year's poll of 2,227 adults surveyed in June are the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs.

The least popular teams in the poll were the Houston Astros, Florida Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays, although the Harris organization notes that since the survey was limited to the U.S., "it is therefore no suprise that the Canadian team placed last on this list."

Alas, despite their popularity, the Braves aren't seen as a World Series contender by most fans in the poll. The pollsters also asked respondents, "Which team do you think will win the World Series this fall?" Only 6 percent like the Braves' chances.

Thirty-four percent said the Yankees, followed by the Red Sox (10 percent), the Tampa Bay Rays (9 percent), St. Louis Cardinals (7 percent), and the Braves and Phillies at 6 percent.

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Wonder if ESPN will ever get this news...we were second for a while before the Red Sox passed us. But we are still the most popular NL team.

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I actually used to follow the Braves quite a bit back when Super Station WTBS used to carry most of their games...I remember about as far back as the Phil Niekro/Dale Murphy teams, and really followed the team closely when the pitching rotation consisted of Greg Maddux/Tom Glavine/John Smoltz...unfortunately since TBS no longer carries the games I can't watch the games liked I used to (we don't get the Fox Sports Channel that carries the games now here in Louisiana) but I still catch a game now and then when they show up on a national broadcast

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I actually used to follow the Braves quite a bit back when Super Station WTBS used to carry most of their games...I remember about as far back as the Phil Niekro/Dale Murphy teams, and really followed the team closely when the pitching rotation consisted of Greg Maddux/Tom Glavine/John Smoltz...unfortunately since TBS no longer carries the games I can't watch the games liked I used to (we don't get the Fox Sports Channel that carries the games now here in Louisiana) but I still catch a game now and then when they show up on a national broadcast

That's how I became a fan long before I came to Georgia. My grandma and I used to watch the games during the summer back when we had Dale...and that was pretty much it. I got irritated a few years back when they stopped airing on TBS and more of the games moved to FoxSS, etc. b/c I was living out of the area. That's why I ended up getting MLB.TV

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