Professors Mike Lewis and Manish Tripathi were the ones to come up with this "scientific" list, creating a 1 through 32 ranking of the NFL's most loyal fanbases. In their blog post, they posted one part of their multi-part blog on how they came up with this list. They do not get too in depth on how the list was actually created. They acknowledged some at the top of the list, as well as the bottom. There should be tons of criteria that go into studies that show loyalty. You can rank things easily with variables such as population, attendance, and winning%, but that doesn't say it all. What about TV/radio numbers, activity on social media, number of team-centric blogs, merchandise sales? You see you can go on and on about things that go into determining loyalty. Follow the link below to see the list.
Teams like the Falcons and Buccaneers were ranked low due to "their proximity to SEC teams." Which I think is a load of baloney. Tampa, being close to the Florida Gators shouldn't affect their fan loyalty. The Buccaneers are an established franchise with a Super Bowl win in the 2000s. That should not be affected by the popularity of the Gators.
Green Bay Packers fans must be furious when reading this list as well. Apparently they did not account for the fact that THE FANS OWN THE TEAM! How is that not considered loyal? Packers fans fell to number 14 on the list by Lewis and Tripathi. Nothing shows support like actually holding a small piece of ownership in the team itself.
But for us Eagles fans, number 17 is insulting. To be placed below teams such as the Chargers, Titans and Texans is ridiculous. I don't mean to say that other fanbases are not loyal, but there are just some that are not as loyal as we Philadelphians. I am curious to see what comes of this next installment of the blog post by these Emory University professors.
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