Magazine: Packers have best fans in NFL

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Green Bay, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Forbes magazine said the Green Bay Packers have the “Best Fans in the NFL” based on research by Nielsen Scarborough.

A research by Nielsen said only 16 percent of adults living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, are NOT fans of the team, meaning everybody else in the area has either watched, attended and/or listened to the Packers’ games in the past year.

The Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens round out the magazine’s list of the top five best fans.

Forbes based its rankings on the hometown crowd reach, social media reach based on the area’s population and three years’ worth of Nielsen television ratings, stadium capacity percentage and merchandise sales via NFLShop.com.

Green Bay is the NFL’s smallest market with a metro population of 306,241, which is easily surpassed by the Packers’ backers on both Facebook (4.4 million) and Twitter (701,000).

The study said Packers fans scored the highest marks in every category except for TV rankings (second) and merchandise (seventh).

Six other teams in the study — the Dallas Cowboys (tied seventh overall), Broncos, Indianapolis Colts (sixth), Patriots, Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers (tied, seventh) — also had social media numbers that were larger than their local fan base populations.

The Packers are the only game in town and have an NFL-record 13 championships to their credit.

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