I agree with this for the most part but Chicago is more similar to New York and LA than Minneapolis and Detroit. A strong majority of sports fans in Chicago couldn’t care less about college sports and Illinois in particular. In these other cities there’s a lot more of a homer attitude. Minneapolis doesn’t think of itself as a separate entity but as part of Minnesota.There are professional sports teams in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc. We come up with excuses because it's "interesting" ... Illinois (and, yes, Chicago) is not that much different from other places. Different, sure, but the same theory would hold here, as well: have the Illini win ~8 games per year for a sustained period of time, and support throughout the entire state would soar, and we'd sell out Memorial Stadium with ease, probably discussing an expansion.
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