again, much like here.
I live an hour from Buffalo, our closest team
We leave early and "tailgate" for a few hours. We bring food, cook out, drink beer, throw around a football, etc. We usually go to a Buffalo area restaurant after the game for pizza and wings. It's a whole day affair! But again, to go to the next closest team takes as much time as it does to get from your two furthest teams apart. That's what I'm saying, you guys can, with relative ease, support any team in your league. That's just not possible in the NFL. For many here, our trip to the closest team is equal to your trip to the furthest team. Yes, we also make a day of it, maybe stay overnight and take in restaurants or clubs or what have you during those trips.
I think a new team brings new opportunity and "allows" people to jump teams with no "embarrassment" for doing so. It also will see fans of other teams slowly switch as they see and hear more about the local team than any other. And lastly, let's say your buddy is a fan of the Steelers, it's not going to be all that often that they will be visiting London. He will try to get to any game they do visit but, as a fan, he will no doubt take in another game or three, over time it's very natural to see your feelings switch to that local team you now follow more than you thought. It happens, it happens a lot and with great distance it only becomes much easier. You just don't have distance factoring into your equation over there, your example of a friend who drives so "far" to see his team only proves my point. This guy CAN see "his" team, for me to drive four hours, I'm still short of making to the next closest team, Your maximum drive is equal to my next closest team and I live in the more densely populated area of the country with more teams "close" by. Distance makes things a lot different and you guys just can't wrap your heads around that. Imagine a European league. You follow London or Berlin or Madrid or Rome..... how many times are you going to drive to Rome? How much are you going to be hearing about that team in Rome when most of the sports talk in your area is all about the team in London?