Cowboys Finish Ahead Of Steelers In ESPN Favorite Team Poll

Despite them not being in the playoffs since 2009, the Dallas Cowboys are still America’s favorite professional sports team, according to an ESPN Sports Poll.

Coming in second? The Pittsburgh Steelers, who have beaten the Cowboys two out of three times in the Super Bowl.

According to the Friday report, the poll was run for a 12-month period that ended in March and it supposedly tracks fan base sizes and fan base demographics for all major sports through a monthly telephone survey of 1,500 Americans ages 12 and older.

12 and older? Hmmm.

The NFL certainly rules as the popular sport in the poll as the Green Bay Packers finished third, and the Denver Broncos finished fifth.

Top Five

1. Dallas Cowboys

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

3. Green Bay Packers

4. New York Yankees

5. Denver Broncos

  • Labrat0116

    1,500 Americans surveyed out of 330,000,000,000……… Hmmm….. That’s a real good Survey right there! :ROLLEYES:

  • shawn

    Actually if it was run right … the sample size is enough … but im sure the poll was unknowingly biased or flawed in several ways !

  • CW

    Since ESPN has gone fully into Facebook, responses to their polls have dropped off like mad.

  • mem359

    My unscientific guess at the results:
    – Steelers and Packers are there due to the football teams and the ownership (Rooneys, the people of Green Bay).
    – The number one ranking is for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. (I suppose the Cowboys themselves add some value to that as well.)

  • shawn

    Now while there is no doubting the popularity of the Cowboys … there is no way in heck they have more fans than the STEELERS … absolutely NO WAY … first off Im sure there are plenty of occasional Cowboy fans while most of the Steeler fans are much more faithful and hardcore.

    I have been all over the country and the WORLD and it never ceases to amaze me to find steeler fans in the strangest of places … I see more of them (shirts, hats, terrible towels, etc) probably than all other teams combined … not to mention there are practically STEELER bars in every major and many smaller cities in the country … it truly is amazing & if i’m not mistaken the Steelers were offered the title of America’s Team first but declined … and to add to that I believe there was STEELER’s NATION long before the Raiders stole that moniker !!!

  • Steelers@2010

    Dallas Cowboy’s America’s Team? What a Fraud! SMH. We all know who the best NFL Franchise is, that would be the Pittsburgh Steelers Hands Down!


    Correct. And even how the question is worded can make a huge difference.
    “Which professional sports team is your favorite?”
    “Which professional sports team do you think is America’s favorite?”

  • Louis Goetz

    Just curious, what is a traditional fan, what are Facebook people and why can’t traditional fans use Facebook?

  • 2443scott

    they must of took a media fan survey because every one knows the steeler nation is bigger then dallas fans base ….but i guess if you like a team that only lives in past and dont win new superbowls they can have number one ..the steeler nation will settle for number 7 ….

  • Aric Brown

    This survey was conducted in the greater Dallas area

  • Chris Ranieri

    To support your comment I will add that I am a PIT fan living in Georgia, and on top of that, I am currently studying abroad and have seen Steelers apparel in both Paris and Barcelona in the weeks I have been out of the country… I’ll be wearing my bumblebee Polamalu jersey when the Steelers visit Atlanta this season…here we go!!!!

  • steelster

    As long as the steelers are ahead of the Yankees. I hate the Yankees.

  • IckyD

    I think he means that ESPN is more interested in pleasing the social whims of the Millenial Generation than adhering to it’s original “all sports, all the time” direction of reporting solely on items directly and only involving sports.

    A “traditional fan” is someone who enjoy sports without any social or political bias or content.

    No doubt you knew that, but it was fun pointing out the plainly obvious.

  • IckyD

    And the fact that NFLN mentions Dallas and or “Cowboys” at least 3 times an hour.

    They almost never mention the Steelers despite the fact that they slobber all over the rest of the AFCN constantly…

  • steelster

    So the steelers need cheerleaders, right.

  • steelster

    My tradition is drinking cold beer while watching steeler games.

  • mem359

    Only if they cared about “winning” a popularity poll run by ESPN.
    I prefer the Steelers stay focused on winning the game of professional football.

    Besides, many teams have cheerleading squads, which didn’t help their rankings. I just think that Dallas has the most popular one, which probably crossed the minds of the 13-year old boys that ESPN polled on the phone.

  • westcoasteeler

    Our goal is to win championships. Not be on the news.

  • PoKey21

    The Broncos are the only surprise. I would have guessed the niners, Lakers, Celtics, even the bears maybe? Not the broncos really but I guess middle America doesn’t really have much to choose from.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Who cares about being America’s team? Only idiotic Cowpoke fans. That’s the only thing they can feel good about in the last how many years?

    We do it for the Lombardis and the rings. I’ll take that over some dopey America’s team title….any day. Not to mention, Steeler Nation is all over the world. Just take a trip and you are bound to find Steeler fans anywhere

  • CW

    Where’s the bratwurst?

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  • Shannon Stephenson

    As a business owner in a mall in the state of Illinois…I only see Bears stuff more than Steeler stuff. It is remarkable how well liked the Steelers are.

  • wdhammer

    How bout them Cowboys -They STINK!!!!!