It’s safe to assume that every sports fan can relate to the sense of loyalty they have for a favorite team and the fact that the team truly becomes “personal” for them. However, the angle I’m offering focuses on fans who take this “personal” loyalty to a level that’s nothing short of astounding and in some cases, just plain crazy.
DIRECTV launched a unique nationwide contest to unearth America’s Ultimate Displaced NFL fan. A displaced fan is someone that lives outside the market of their favorite NFL team and displays extreme dedication. This year’s contest (www.ultimatedisplacedfan.com) generated thousands of entries from people all over the country, with some truly over-the-top examples emerging from the masses. In the end however, only one was selected as a grand prize winner with five fans receiving honorable mention status.
One participant who earned an honorable mention for his extreme dedication is Marcel Batts, a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan living in Fort Riley, TX. Batts, who was recently deployed to Afghanistan has been serving the Army for nearly 16 years and still supports his team miles and miles away. When he was stationed in Germany for three years, he would go to bed at 8:00pm only to wake up at 2:00am to catch a glimpse of the 49ers on the field. For his loyalty DIRECTV is going to give them a DIRECTV system, installation and a year of complimentary DIRECTV programming along with the 2011 NFL SUNDAY TICKET service.