Emory – The NFL is America’s favorite professional sports league, but which of its teams has the most loyal and supportive fan base? This is not a straightforward question. A ranking based on attendance would be skewed toward teams that play in more populated metropolitan areas, and a ranking based on profitability or revenues would be biased in favor of teams that are currently enjoying more on-field success. In our series of fan base analyses across leagues, we adjust for these complicating factors using a revenue premium model of fan equity… In positions two and three we have the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. New England has an all-around strong fan base, while the Jets are somewhat similar to the Cowboys in that they draw consistently well, regardless of the on-field product.
So, all you haters who claim Pats fans are just a bunch of bandwagon jumpers and accuse us of not knowing if a football was stuffed or puffed until we started winning Super Bowls: How you like me now? Here it is in black & white, what I’ve been saying all along. Scientifically irrefutable proof that we’re as good as they come. And sure, I could quibble with Dallas being ranked ahead of us. I mean, since when have they ever had a period as bad as the ones we went through? There was that one year when they got the Troy Aikman pick. But besides that, it’s been cream cheese for them. We had entire decades like their worst season. Playing in stadia like BU and Harvard. And a “home” game in Birmingham, Alabama. (I kid you not.) Two generations of Pats fans grew up under the threat of the team being moved to another city. Even when they were good, it turned out bad. The first time they won their division, the head coach was already out the door, and was making recruiting calls for his new employers. The first time they made the Super Bowl, the story broke the next day that half the team were out of their minds on coke. The second time they made the Super Bowl (see if you’ve heard this before) the head coach was already out the door, and was making recruiting calls for his new employers. Just the fact that we kept coming and kept this franchise where it is is a testament to our loyalty and the vision of the best fan of all, Mr. Kraft.
So I could complain, but I won’t. In this case, maybe second best is acceptable. Oh, and the Jets at No. 3? I suppose any day a Jets fan wakes up and, looks at his life and doesn’t eat a bullet, he deserves credit. @JerryThornton1