With the start of the NFL season this week, Forbes has been in something of a football-list-making frenzy. We were reminded, for example, that Drew Brees is the league's highest-paid player and that you're very own Dallas Cowboys is the most valuable team in football. This afternoon, Forbes gave America's team another superlative: We have the best fans.
Of course we do, but how, other than listening to unhealthy amounts of sports radio, does one gauge the quality of a team's fans? We'll let Forbes explain:
Our ranking is based on five criteria: stadium attendance (a combination of consecutive sell-outs and average season stadium capacity), television ratings (as provided by Nielsen), merchandise sales (per NFLShop.com), social media reach (a combination of Facebook likes and Twitter followers based on the team's metro area population), and fan club presence (based on the active number found online). To prevent bandwagon fans and frontrunners from skewing the results, two years worth of data were used for stadium attendance, TV ratings, and merchandise sales.
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Throw all that in a blender, and the Cowboys come out on top. The Packers and Steelers are tied for second, followed by the Patriots, Colts, and Saints. And those alleged Giants whose asses we just kicked? They don't even make the top 10.