If you’ve ever stepped foot in the state of Tennessee, you know it’s home to some of the most passionate fans in all of sports.
Whether it’s the Preds, Titans, Vols, Grizzlies or Vanderbilt, Tennessee fans always bring the energy.
If you need proof, just look at how folks in Nashville turned out for the Stanley Cup Playoffs the last couple of years. Or how they packed Lower Broadway for the Titans’ jersey reveal this past April.
Speaking of the Titans, they might not have a storied history, but they have great fans.
However, that’s not something that’s recognized by everyone, apparently.
Emory University recently ranked (scientifically) the fan bases in the NFL from 1 to 32.
According to their study, the Titans have the worst fan base in the NFL.
The study took into account “fan equity”, “social equity” and “road equity”.
Here’s an explanation, via Yahoo.
Fan Equity: How much fans spend on their team, at the ticket office and on memorabilia/regalia. (Best: Cowboys, 49ers, Patriots; worst: Rams, Raiders, Jaguars)
Social Equity:How passionate fans are in following their teams on social media across all channels. (Best: Patriots, Cowboys, Steelers; worst: Rams, Jaguars, Titans)
Road Equity:How well teams draw on the road, adjusting for their win-loss record. (Best: the NFC East, Pittsburgh; worst: Texans, Titans, Browns)
Look, I’m not saying the Titans should be up there with the Patriots, Cowboys and Eagles. Those are established fan bases that have been around for a long, long time.
But you’re telling me the Titans’ fan base is worse than the Texans? Or the Rams (who couldn’t even fill their stadium in Los Angeles)? Or even the Chargers (who left one of the most beautiful cities in the world)?
Another monster crowd in Los Angeles to cheer on the Rams against the Skins.
— Will Mahoney (@HeelWillMahoney) September 17, 2017
The Titans’ fan base should be ranked in the top half of the league. I’ve seen with my own eyes, for many years, just how passionate they can be.
And I don’t need any sort of “equity” to tell me that.
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