As if we didn’t already know, Celtics fans have been named the NBA’s best by Forbes Magazine. Celtics fans were rated the 7th-best fan base among all sports. Red Sox fans were rated 1st and Patriots fans were 5th. Here’s how Forbes made the list.
To produce a list of the best fans in U.S. sports, we looked at every team in the “Big Four” U.S. professional sports leagues: football (NFL), basketball (NBA), baseball (MLB), and hockey (NHL).
For each team, we gathered three different metrics. First, we measured their home and away game attendance, which indicates a team’s drawing power in its home market and nationwide. Then we counted their merchandise sales (Numbers for the NFL, NBA and MLB were provided to us by Sportsonesource, a sporting good industry analyst, and the NHL gave us their own data). Finally, we ranked each team’s in-market popularity, based on surveys of American sports teams by Turnkey Sports and Entertainment. We ranked all of the teams, then took the top four from each of the four leagues.
So if the Celtics have the best NBA fans and I’m the biggest Celtics fan in the world, does that make me the biggest NBA fan in the universe? I think that’s a yes.
P.S. – I was rummaging through my high school yearbook with a couple of my friends a few weeks ago. Want to hear something embarrassing? I didn’t even win the superlative for “Best Celtics fan.” Are you kidding me? Is that a practical joke? Ask Nick Paar what he’s doing right now with his life. Is he blogging about the Celtics 24/7 for a few measly bucks a week? I didn’t think so.