Bills, Steelers or Browns? Gannon Professor Dr. Eric Brownlee discusses Erie's unique NFL fandom
Bills, Steelers or Browns - who are you rooting for?
Dr. Eric Brownlee, a sport business professor at Gannon, spoke with Buffalo News’ Tim O’Shei ahead of the upcoming Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game on the market share of regional NFL teams and Erie's split NFL loyalties between the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.
“Erie is a very unique sports market,” said Eric Brownlee, a professor of sports business at Gannon University in Erie. “The most interesting thing to me is the older generation” – he’s referring to Baby Boomers – “seems to be more Browns and Bills fans, and the younger generations seem to be more Steelers fans.”
"Erie’s unusual position on the NFL map helps explain Brownlee’s theory: The drive to both the New York and Ohio borders is measured in minutes, and all three NFL stadiums are less than two hours away. The closer two teams are the Browns, whose stadium is a direct 101-mile drive west on I-90, and the Bills, whose stadium is a relatively quick 86 miles east, nearly all of it also on the interstate."