ESPN poll lists most popular sports teams

Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field after defeating the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field after defeating the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Popularity is as important as anything in pro sports, and a recent poll by ESPN reveals the proverbial Belles of the sports Ball.

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In the case of the National Football League, some things just never change, as the Dallas Cowboys remain “America’s team,” by somehow taking the top spot among the NFL’s vote, and the overall vote– making them the most popular sports franchise in the country.

Two-time defending NBA champions Miami Heat, powered by LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade were voted the top NBA franchise, and number 6 overall among all sports. We’re totally positive that all of these fans are lifelong devotees, and didn’t decide to jump on any sort of bandwagon, ever. That’s a ridiculous claim to make.

After the Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers take the numbers two and three spots, truly showing the NFL’s dominance over other sports leagues. The Denver Broncos rode Peyton Manning’s back to the number five spot, putting four of the top five vote-getters in the NFL.

The much loved/hated New York Yankees appeared at the number four spot, proving that being revered and reviled isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Major League Baseball juggernaut is one of the most polarizing teams in the sport.

Conspicuous by their absences are front runners, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Astros. But it’s okay, fans. As they say, there’s always next year.