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Study Says Cowboys Have Nfl's 'best' Fans


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Here's some news that won't get folks riled up at all: The Dallas Cowboys have the "best" fans, according to a study by two Emory University professors.

And before your face turns red and you start banging on your keyboard about the silliness of it all, here are the under-the-hood details of the study by Manish Tripathi and Mike Lewis.

"We use fifteen years of data on NFL team performance, ticket prices, market populations, median incomes, won-loss records and multiple other factors," Tripathi wrote on the Emory Sports Marketing Analytics blog. "We create statistical models of box office revenue, and then see which teams over- and under- perform the model's predictions."

Using their methodology, the Cowboys have the best fans, followed by the Patriots, Giants, Ravens, and Jets. That's right, Ravens fans are better than Steelers fans, at least for the purposes of this study -- but Tripathi can explain.

"The Steelers and Packers have great fan followings," he said. "The Seahawks are slowly developing a great fan base. And these teams will do better when we switch to non-financial metrics such as social media following. But for the current 'revenue premium' model these teams just don't price high enough. In a way, these teams with massive season ticket waiting lists are the most supportive of their fans."

So why do Dallas fans top the list?

"The Cowboys have a storied history, a market that loves all forms of football, and a world-class stadium," Tripathi continued. "Deflategate hasn't hit the window of our analysis yet (it is after the 2014-2015 season), but the Pats' strong showing in our ranking suggests that the impact will be small. The Jets position might be somewhat surprising, but this team draws well, and has great pricing power without a lot of winning on the field."

At the bottom of the rankings: the Bills, Jaguars, Raiders, Browns and Dolphins.

Other notes of interest: The Seahawks rank 26th, immediately behind the Panthers, Rams, Bengals and Lions. The Bears are No. 6, ahead of the Packers and Saints. And the Texans, at No. 12, are ahead of the Broncos, Steelers and Redskins.

The full list:

1. Cowboys

2. Patriots

3. Giants

4. Ravens

5. Jets

6. Bears

7. Packers

8. Saints

9. Colts

10. 49ers

11. Eagles

12. Texans

13. Broncos

14. Steelers

15. Redskins

16. Titans

17. Chargers

18. Vikings

19. Cardinals

20. Falcons

21. Buccaneers

22. Panthers

23. Rams

24. Bengals

25. Lions

26. Seahawks

27. Chiefs

28. Bills

29. Jaguars

30. Raiders

31. Browns

32. Dolphins


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How many saints fans are bandwagoneers after 2009? Before then, the saints couldn't buy a sell out. Don't worry, Brees is almost done and soon mediocrity will be your name again.

Read the article again, that study was based off the last 15 years. If it's so based on recent success, notice that the Hawks have gone to back-to-back super bowls, and are nearly at the bottom.

Ryan is just 6 years younger than Brees, and he's coming off back-to-back losing seasons.

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the study relies heavily on market outcomes, like attendance, prices and revenues. So if a fan base spends more money on its team, then it's likely that fan base gets a higher ranking. Of course, that skews towards teams in big cities with more affluent populations -- hello, Dallas.

Having the largest fanbase in the nation helps. 😉
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Having the largest fanbase in the nation helps.

Also having one of the best merchandising depts. They are in just about every retail store.

The falcons sucks and they need to be fired. Funny though. I can go to the Carolina area and find all kinds of Falcon gear. But no Panthers gear.

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Hmmm...not sure that's worthy of bragging rights.

Dont be mad that no one gives a crap about Atlanta outside of the NFC South states.

Out of all of the teams without a Super Bowl even I would go for Detroit to get a ring before Atlanta.

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