According to a study by Emory Sports Marketing Professors, the Dallas Cowboys have the best fan base in the NFL.
The gist of how they ranked the fan bases is stated in the post as:
“The key idea is that we look at team box office revenues relative to team on-field success, market population, stadium capacity, median income and other factors. The first step in our procedure involves the creation of a statistical model that predicts box office revenue as a function of the aforementioned variables. We then compare actual revenues to the revenues predicted by the model. Teams with relatively stronger fan support will have revenues that exceed the predicted values, and teams that under perform have relatively less supportive fan bases.”
I don’t the think the top fan bases are all that much of a surprise with America’s Team the Dallas Cowboys coming in at No. 1. Can you really debate that they Cowobys’ fans are loyal considering they continue to fill up Jerry’s World despite the fact that Jerry hasn’t put together an actual Super Bowl threat in nearly a decade?
The rest of the top five is rounding out by the New England Patriots (who are busy putting Ryan Mallett in bubble wrap, you know just in case), Sexy Rexy’s New York Jets, The New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants.
None of those teams are really surprising to me. In fact the most surprising team on the list is none other than the Atlanta Falcons. Despite having all of their 2013 home games sold out by the end of July, the Dirty Birds are ranked 31st on this list. Only the Oakland Raiders are worse.
Obviously I know that the Falcons selling out the Georgia Dome is a relativity new thing, but I still thought that the run Atlanta has made the past few seasons would have at least put them higher on this list.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the Jacksonville Jaguars at 27 (I just am used to reports like this outside of Jacksonville crushing the team and the city). I think the team has a great group of young fans in Generation Jaguar, and if Gus Bradley can turn things around in the next few years the Jags will climb this list.
Other surprises on the list were the San Fransisco 49ers at 26 and the Seattle Seahawks at 23. The 49ers just almost won a Super Bowl and the Seahawks are constantly praised for their home atmosphere.
My biggest gripe is the how the hell are the San Diego Chargers No. 11? An average of just 59,964 went to see the Bolts at home last year, good for 28 out of 32 teams. Four of their eight home games were blacked out last season.
But I guess if you have a QB as unlikeable as Phillip Rivers then you get bonus points for cheering on your team in spite of him.