Are you willing to formally change your name to reflect your allegiance to your NFL crew? Did you fall in love together with your fiancé in part because her final name is your crew’s name, and because of which are you going to take her name in marriage? Would you’ve got your dentist put your crew’s helmet on your tooth implant? How about six of them? Do you meet your priest in the car parking zone for a Sunday mass tailgate on the stadium? Did you propose your NFL group-themed funeral, and pick out your group’s shade-lined casket, a custom offering from an organization on the town, and your pallbearers crew-themed ties?

If you happen to answered ‘no’ to any of these, you could step up your game. Because that’s the form of dedication needed to topple the Green Bay Packers from the top of our ranking of the NFL’s Best Fans.

To clarify, we aren’t rating loopy here. Somewhat we are highlighting the truth that you solely admit to crazy in public if you feel safety in numbers. (That’s been proven this election cycle, right?) And by all measures, the Packers have the numbers, and they are crazy good.

Specifically, our ranking is predicated on a weighted rating of fan consumption metrics. As with our last iteration, we included: hometown crowd attain (outlined by Nielsen NLSN +1.ninety nine% Scarborough as a proportion of the metropolitan area population that watched, attended, and/or listened to a game in the final 12 months), native television scores (per Nielsen), stadium attendance based on capacity reached, merchandise sales (per NFLShop.com), and social media reach (a mix of Facebook FB -0.34% and Twitter TWTR +1.ninety six% followers primarily based on the team’s metro space population). This yr we additionally added parts of Nielsen’s NFL Media Exposure Rating: nationwide TV rankings, month-to-month distinctive viewers to official workforce websites, and social media impressions.

To account for bandwagon fans, we used three years of TV, stadium attendance, and merchandise gross sales, and considered each the numbers and the trends. We made no differentiation amongst teams who reported attendance figures beyond capacity — everybody over was given the same consideration as in the event that they reported a hundred%. To be honest, within the two-staff markets we divided the inhabitants in half to find out social media reach.

Packers fans lead the league for the second time by our measures, and in some cases by a lot. In Nielsen Scarborough’s survey, eighty three% of Green Bay adults recognized themselves as a fan that watched, attended, or listened to a Packers game within the final year. That’s 12 points more than the workforce with the subsequent highest number of fans – the Steelers claim the loyalty of 71% of Pittsburghers (yes, that is zahar01 the name) which helps them rank No. 6 on our checklist of the NFL’s best fans.

However Green Bay’s fandom extends far past its inhabitants of 312,409. The staff’s 360,854 shareholder house owners are one indicator. However the workforce’s extended reach is most impressive on social media. The Packers have 6.6 million followers between Facebook and Twitter, fourth most in the league primarily based on quantity, and 21-times the number of followers than live in its metro area, virtually 1 million more than the inhabitants of the state of Wisconsin. To put it into perspective, the crew has more non-Green Bay social media fans than 28 other groups have total fans.