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Paul Allen
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Montauk, NY
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How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
You’ve got the Yankees, Cubs and Red Sox in baseball.

Steelers and Cowboys have large national followers from people growing up in 70’s and those who remember Dallas’ titles in 70’s and 90’s.

Bulls won 6 championships in the 90’s. A lot of those who watched them are now in their mid 30’s and older.

Seems like it’s Lakers and Celtics as the most popular NBA teams. Chicago is a big market too. Just seems odd.


bad93ex
Alabama Fan
The Woodlands
Member since Sep 2018
338 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
I believe they only had their championship runs with MJ but were a subpar team during most of their franchise history.


SeeeeK
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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Cubs in baseball.


lol


Choot em Tiger
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2012
5740 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Because people got spoiled by mj then quit when he did


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The_Joker
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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Cubs




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Paul Allen
Notre Dame Fan
Montauk, NY
Member since Nov 2007
56231 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
You see Cubs fans and merchandise from coast to coast. Not sure what you’re laughing at.


bad93ex
Alabama Fan
The Woodlands
Member since Sep 2018
338 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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You see Cubs fans and merchandise from coast to coast. Not sure what you’re laughing at.


Not to mention that after the 2016 World Series the celebration in the park was the largest gathering of people in the entire world and certainly the largest for the United States.


jj06
Georgia Tech Fan
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Member since Jul 2013
1868 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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You see Cubs fans and merchandise from coast to coast. Not sure what you’re laughing at.



Not really


ProfFrink
Springfield
Member since Nov 2018
838 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Cubs are easily one of the most popular sports franchises in the US. Tons of Cubs fans outside of Chicago.

With the Bulls I think it’s just that outside of the Jordan era they have been an average to mediocre team.

Lakers and Celtics have both had Championship runs in each decade.
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SeeeeK
Missouri Fan
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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Cubs are easily one of the most popular sports franchises in the US. Tons of Cubs fans outside of Chicago.





The_Joker
Arkansas Fan
Winter Park, Fl
Member since Jan 2013
15703 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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You see Cubs fans and merchandise from coast to coast. Not sure what you’re laughing at.


I see more Dodgers and Cardinals fans easily


DownSouthCrawfish
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
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2016 World Series the celebration in the park was the largest gathering of people in the entire world
I don’t believe this.

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certainly the largest for the United States
I can believe this.


ProfFrink
Springfield
Member since Nov 2018
838 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Not sure why you are laughing. Thanks to having games on WGN many fans across the nation grew up watching Cubs baseball.

It gave fans across the nation access to the Cubs more than most other teams. As a result they do have a very large following.



Montgomery Hill
Wake Forest Fan
Texas
Member since Jun 2016
776 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Cubs have a large fanbase but I wouldn't call it a national following.

A lot of people who like the Cubs grew up in a family who followed the Cubs.

The national following is due to Midwesterns moving down South or out West.
Think Arizona has more Cubs fans than their local team.



Moat people abandoned ship when the Bulls started to lose after MJ left.
In the 1990's the Bulls probably had more fans than anyone else.

But those were MJ fans not actual Chicago Bulls fans.
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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
Member since Nov 2015
20148 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
I see what you're doing here.

It's obvious as it always was.

On how huge Jordan was.

Nobody gave a shite about the Bulls before Jordan, they were fricking North Dakota as far as NBA fans felt.

Everyone knew once Jordan left, and they lost consistently again over and over and over again...

It would revert. It's why Chicago went gaga, OMG we don't suck!

Terrible basketball city but for Jordan. It's all the stupid losers...in baseball. And the Bears.


TexasTiger08
Cleveland St. Fan
Member since Oct 2006
15315 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
It’s the NBA.

People are fans of players, not teams. One player could dominate in basketball...and it was Jordan

I wonder if his career played out now, how many people would have become Wizards fans when he played in DC.


Montgomery Hill
Wake Forest Fan
Texas
Member since Jun 2016
776 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
and those two years of D Rose.

Chicago is a hungry city for a winner.
That series against Boston in 10? was crazy
That arena was full of energy.

You only get that in a few places.
Most NBA arenas are bandwagon fans.
You can tell the difference between the genuine passionate and the face painters.


ShamelessPel
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Metairie
Member since Apr 2013
11282 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
I think the problem was 3 fold:

1) the two Jerrys were fricking despised. They came off as cheap and petty.

2) they lost all of their talent at once, which made it seem more like a fluke

3) they didn’t just get worse, they fell off a cliff and were a joke


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genro
Alabama Fan
Member since Nov 2011
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re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Jordan ruined the Bulls. Can't watch em anymore. It's like having sex on Molly. It's never the same afterward.


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SirWinston
LSU Fan
PDX
Member since Jul 2014
42644 posts

re: How come the Chicago Bulls don’t have a large national following?
Blackhawks are way more popular in Chicago than Bulls


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