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Ten Nfl Teams With Most Bandwagon Fans - Falcons Not Listed


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A study done by researchers at Emory University indicates which team's fan base have the most "bandwagon fans." The Arizona Cardinals are No. 1 for fans who only show when times are good - check out who's graded No. 2.

The fact there are at least ten NFL teams with demonstratively more fickle fan bases might come as a surprise to those who seemingly delight in denouncing Atlanta as the "worst sports city". I think those of us with any pretentions of critical faculties know that was never quite true.

Here's how the list shakes out:

1. Cardinals

2. Saints

3. Bills

4. Raiders

5. Redskins

6. Rams

7. Jaguars

8. Bengals

9. Chargers

10. Browns

Link to the CBSSports.com article:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25242836/study-says-arizona-cardinals-have-most-bandwagon-fans-in-nfl

Link to the Emory study report:

https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/esma/nfl/2014-nfl-fan-quality-analysis/

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WTf who the **** is jumping on the Jags, Bills, Raiders, Browns or the Redskins bandwagon

I am a part time resident in Jag country, and there was a time some years back when the Jags played some good football, and fans showed up. From 1996 -1999 and again from 2004 through 2007. However, they've stunk now for awhile and people do not go to the games anymore. Couple that with Florida's lousy economy and not only does Jags attendance suffer , but so does Tampa's.

I don't know what has happened to the Bills, Raiders or Browns, as they have always been portrayed as being hard core fans. The Redskins on the other hand have a very loyal fanbase, but according to a buddy of mine, the Skins have priced themselves beyond the reach of most their fans willingness to pay anymore.

At the end of the day what the NFL needs to realize is that if a regions team continues to stink then attendance is sure to fall off. In this day and age we all simply have better things to spend our money and time on, as opposed to watching our home town team get its teeth kicked in again all the while we paid a big chunk to sit in the stands to see it. As a former STH, there is a huge social element to going to the games and seeing some of the friends you make while attending the games, and that is fun and all, but I have friends in my area that I do a number of activities with, and I'm almost always guaranteed to have a good time. Losing football has taken a back seat to this.

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The Browns being on this list stuns me. They have been such a bad team for so long, yet have such seemingly loyal fans. I went to a Carolina game a few years ago when we played them. We absolutely demolished them, yet there were a ton of Browns fans and they stayed there to the end. I sat next to a few and was very impressed how they follow their team to games despite the record(and also how they respectfully ragged me on the few good plays and enjoyed letting me do the same to them.)

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Their criteria:

An analysis we have had fun with this summer involves looking at fan response to winning rates. This encompasses looking at how different fan bases respond to variations in winning. If fans only show up when the team wins, does this mean they are bandwagon fans? Or does it mean that they demand quality? We report, you decide.

Studying which city has the most “bandwagon” or demanding fans is a challenge in the NFL. The issue is that many teams sell-out regardless of the team’s performance. How can we differentiate between the Steelers and the Packers when the stadiums are always full? As such for the NFL, we only present a top ten list of the cities with the most fair weather or discerning fans. (We looked at the last thirteen years of data for our study. For more details on our methodology, please click here.)

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Should be titled fairweather fans and not bandwagon fans.

Bandwagon fans are the ones that show when everything is good but are another teams fan when they suck. Atl has turned into a gripe fest, and our stadium is hardly filled full of actual falcon fans but we are still die hards. Go through as many years of pain as we have and you have to have thick skin. I'd say eagles fans are like that too. Right now the Hawks and niners fans seem to be the bandwagoners. There was a ton of both of them 2-3 years ago. Still a ton of Hawks fans but as soon as they start losing regularly their fans will all but disappear.

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Bandwagon fans are the ones that show when everything is good but are another teams fan when they suck. Atl has turned into a gripe fest, and our stadium is hardly filled full of actual falcon fans but we are still die hards. Go through as many years of pain as we have and you have to have thick skin. I'd say eagles fans are like that too. Right now the Hawks and niners fans seem to be the bandwagoners. There was a ton of both of them 2-3 years ago. Still a ton of Hawks fans but as soon as they start losing regularly their fans will all but disappear.

I see bandwagon fans more so as fans that start following a team that isn't necessarily their home team because they're the team winning at the moment. I never saw a Seahawks jersey around Atlanta before the last few years. Fairweather fans I think more accurately describes what that study is measuring, the amount of people going to games when they're winning versus losing.

Edit: I misread the first part of your post, that's basically the gist of how I view bandwagon fans. Bandwagon fans are also more likely if a team has a popular player, like Vick when he was here or someone like Tebow.

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Browns and Bills should be nowhere near this list, regardless of the criteria. They have some of the most loyal fans in the league regardless of if they're winning or not.

That's what we've all been told, but unless you are an actual fan of those teams and attend the games, then how could you really know just how loyal they are.

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That's what we've all been told, but unless you are an actual fan of those teams and attend the games, then how could you really know just how loyal they are.

I do attend a lot of Bills games, I live right in the middle of their fans stronghold. Trust me, they're not bandwagoners. I will say though that Buffalo as a city is not in the best of ways, a lot of people that live around there don't have the money to attend every game, so if that's what they're basing it off of that would throw things off. It's not that they're not good fans. Heck I know of a lot of people that drive in from other states to Buffalo to watch every game, but they go to sports bars, not the stadium. It's a weird culture thing up here.

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As much as I love seeing the Taints so high on the list (and they deserve it) - the Raiders? the Browns? the Bills??? Those are some loyal freakin' fan bases.

Browns and Bills have been terrible for decades, yet they still fill their stadium at home games. I'd say they are the furthest thing from a bandwagon team. **** article is ****

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I really don't see a problem with fair-weather fandom.

If you liked a band that puts out a crappy album, you don't just listen to it religiously to show how loyal you are to a bunch of total strangers. If their live shows have been awful lately, you don't keep shelling out money to go see them suck. You wait until they start writing better music & putting on better shows.

If a TV show you loved changes writers or actors & starts sucking for a while, you don't just keep watching it, so you can brag about how loyal you are to a show made & performed by total strangers. You wait until the show gets good again, or you favorite people involved do something different.

If a fancy restaurant you love gets a new chef & the food suddenly sucks, you don't just keep eating there, risking food poisoning for high prices just to prove how loyal you are. You find a better place to eat, at least until that restaurant gets back on track.

Yet, for some silly reason it's different with sports. People talk sh!t on fair-weather fans as if there is some reward for allowing yourself to be taken advantage of by millionaires & billionaires by buying into a manufactured sense of pride in being a "true" fan of the team. It's really not that far off from touching a stove that's hot over & over & over again.

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this. Bandwagoners are people who root for whatever team is hot the moment. Fairweather fans are fans of a certain team, but only care about their team when they're doing good.

Exactly. I also don't think you can label a fan fair weather if they don't attend games when the team is doing bad. If they aren't watching at all then yeah but most folks don't make the money to be a STH and just aren't going to fork over money to go see a game if the odds are that the team they root for are going to lose. I'm not like this, I've went to 8 games over the last 2 seasons, but that's how a lot of people feel.

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I hate to be a Debbie downer but they probably forgot we were in the NFL. They need to do top 10 most hated teams, I bet we'd be close to the top. All fan bases hate us for some reason.

Although I love my falcons we are that team with the fans that act like we've done a lot, and yet looking on the outside in as another fan their just like all you guys do is Whine about ****.

That could be the only reason I see people hating.

Also I agree about the Jacksonville thing no one truly supports that team I know because have a friend down there, and at this point he was saying mood there would be they'd be happy to win just 6-7 games this year that's like the freak'n superbowl for them LMAO!

Also about the STH problem let the NFL continue when another sport comes along they'll lower those prices, and plus as someone mentioned we got better things to do these days now.

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