Aug 11, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Buffalo Bills fans yell their support at the Bills after they walk of the field at Lucas Oil Stadium after their pre-season game against the Indianapolis Colts. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Who are the most loyal fans?

Here in Buffalo, we are the loyalist fans.  “The Buffalo Bills have the best fans ever”.  This statement has been stated more than once.  Is there a measure to determine who the best fans are? I really don’t think so but, two students from Emory University’s Sports Marketing Analytics program in Atlanta think they’ve come up with an answer.  Here is there explanation as to who they came up with it.

In our series of fan base analyses across leagues, we adjust for these complicating factors using a revenue premium model of fan equity.  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. We provide more details on the method here and here.


Here is the full listing:

1. Dallas Cowboys

2. New England Patriots

3. New York Jets

4. New Orleans Saints

5. New York Giants

6. Indianapolis Colts

7. Chicago Bears

8. Baltimore Ravens

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Tennessee Titans

11. San Diego Chargers

12. Denver Broncos

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Carolina Panthers

16. Houston Texans

17. Philadelphia Eagles

18. Minnesota Vikings

19. Cincinnati Bengals

20. Cleveland Browns

21. Kansas City Chiefs

22. St. Louis Rams

23. Seattle Seahawks

24. Buffalo Bills

25. Miami Dolphins

26. San Francisco 49ers

27. Jacksonville Jaguars

28. Detroit Lions

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

30. Arizona Cardinals

31. Atlanta Falcons

32. Oakland Raiders

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