A New Study Determining The Best And Worst Fans In The NFL Will Leave You Fighting To The Death

Being an NFL fan can be tough business sometimes—trust me, I know, I’m a Cleveland Browns fan. But thanks to a new study performed by an Emory University professor named Michael Lewis, we all know who the best and worst supporters are—no matter how shitty the team may or may not be.

Here are the results, listed from best to worst, per The Score:

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Dallas Cowboys
  3. Denver Broncos
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. Philadelphia Eagles
  6. New York Giants
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. New Orleans Saints
  9. Baltimore Ravens
  10. Carolina Panthers
  11. Green Bay Packers
  12. Indianapolis Colts
  13. Seattle Seahawks
  14. Houston Texans
  15. San Diego Chargers
  16. Washington Redskins
  17. New York Jets
  18. Pittsburgh Steelers
  19. Atlanta Falcons
  20. Tennessee Titans
  21. Detroit Lions
  22. Minnesota Vikings
  23. Cleveland Browns
  24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  25. Arizona Cardinals
  26. Cincinnati Bengals
  27. Miami Dolphins
  28. Buffalo Bills
  29. L.A Rams
  30. Kansas City Chiefs
  31. Oakland Raiders
  32. Jacksonville Jaguars

Professor Lewis determined the results using a method called Dynamic Fan Equity (DFE), which I’ll alow him to describe:

The DFE measure leverages the best features of the two measures. Fan Equity is based on the most important consumer trait – willingness to spend. Social Equity captures fan support that occurs beyond the walls of the stadium and skews towards a younger demographic. The key insight that allows for the two measures to be combined is that there is a significant relationship between the Social Media Equity trend and the Fan Equity measure. Social media performance turns out to be a strong leading indicator for financial performance.

In other words, the Pats came out on top due to factors such as fan loyalty despite premium prices and because of their strong attendance and social media following, not because they’ve played in six Super Bowls since the 2000 season.

There are a few surprise teams higher than expected, but, for the most part, it seems that the crappier the team, the worst the fans are. Go figure.

[H/T The Score]

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Nick's a Sr. Editor for BroBible, mainly relying on his Sports Encyclopedia-like mind to write about things. He's also the co-host of the BroBible podcast "We Run This," and can be seen sweating his ass off while frequently running 10+ miles around Seattle.