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Is that really the case? I am skeptical because (other than college teams) I dont really think local team support often develop for college-age students, mostly because students would be hanging out with other students who also are from somewhere else. Also because most people who would be interested in sports would already have developed support for a team before college.
I would say there are two other reasons that may contribute more:
1) boston is a very old team and former Bostonians and their descendant may have moved to other locations.
2) (more important imo) boston has been pretty successful recently (wins in 2004, 2007, 20013) and their direct rivalry with the yankees may also have lead to more fans
Just some thoughts for discussion. Im not a boston fan, but a pretty big baseball fan, so someone else may shed some insight.