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Forbes Magazine: Boston Celtics Have 7th Best Fans In Pro Sports

Jay August 3, 2010 Uncategorized 2 Comments

According to Forbes Magazine, Celtic fans rank seventh overall as the "Best fans in professional sports."  Forbes used three different metrics across each of the four "major" sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) which were the following:

Here is the full list:

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (Chuck hacked into Forbes' servers for this one)
  3. Detroit Red Wings
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. New England Patriots
  6. Pittsburgh Penguins
  7. Boston Celtics
  8. San Antonio Spurs
  9. Dallas Cowboys
  10. St. Louis Cardinals
  11. Montreal Canadiens
  12. Los Angeles Lakers
  13. Cleveland Cavaliers
  14. New York Yankees
  15. Philadelphia Phillies
  16. Chicago Blackhawks

While it's great to see the Celtics being the highest ranked NBA team, it's just as great to see the Lakers below them, just one slot ahead of the Cavs.  Clearly this list is is partially a sign of the times, but a lot of those teams would rank in the top 16 in any year, just in a different order.  If this is re-ranked a year from now, you could probably just substitute the Miami Heat with the Cavs because prior to LeBron being drafted by Cleveland, that team was a chartered member on the imaginary "Teams-That-Should-Be-Contracted-From-The-NBA" List.

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  • http://www.saver-sports.com SaverSports

    Cool to see three Boston teams in the top 10.

  • Schooley

    I don’t completely disagree with the list. It is, afterall, something that is difficult to quantify and done more in the spirit of fun and debate anyway. One omission that surprises me is that of the Chicago Cubs. I’m really not sure how they didn’t make the top 16 unless their merchandise sales are lagging due to the lack of a marquee player. Otherwise, there is clearly a large number of people nation-wide with a strong emotional attachment to that club.
    I would also argue that the attendance metric skews in the favor of NFL franchises due to the blackout rule. There just aren’t that many non-sell outs. If “away” attendance is going to be factored in, they should (assuming they didn’t) find a way to drill a little deeper into that statistic such as examining the difference in the home team’s attendance when they are playing visiting team “X,” or really drill down and try to determine how many opposing fans attend away games.