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The Strongest Big Four Fan Bases in 2013

What We Did

TicketCity's first annual ranking of The Strongest Big Four Fan Bases in 2013 is based on an algorithm designed to identify the MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL fan bases that are the most active and most vocal whether they're at the game or supporting their team on social media.

How We Did It

Fan engagement is evaluated in terms of the following metrics. The data is based on the 2013 season, with data for NHL accounting for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Each metric was given a corresponding weight, listed in bold, which was determined based on how indicative the metric is of fan activity. 

To control for factors that influence ticket prices, including total number of games played & stadium size, average ticket price was scored based on the league average. Metrics include:

  • Average stadium capacity filled (20)
  • Facebook likes (5)
  • Twitter following (5)
  • Average secondary ticket price (scored by league) (15)

The Results

Overall Rankings - Top 50
Overall Rank
League
Team
Overall Score
1 NBA LA Lakers 100.00
2 NBA New York Knicks 87.47
3 NBA Miami Heat 85.56
4 NFL New England Patriots 84.85
5 NFL Dallas Cowboys 83.94
6 NFL Chicago Bears 82.60
7 MLB Boston Red Sox 82.31
8 NFL Green Bay Packers 80.55
9 NHL Winnipeg Jets 77.60
10 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs 77.47
11 NBA Chicago Bulls 76.49
12 NFL Denver Broncos 76.42
13 NBA Boston Celtics 75.56
14 NFL New York Giants 73.82
15 NHL Pittsburgh Penguins 71.70
16 NFL Seattle Seahwaks 71.05
17 NHL Chicago Blackhawks 70.66
18 NFL New Orleans Saints 70.08
19 MLB San Francisco Giants 69.67
20 NFL Baltimore Ravens 69.61
21 MLB New York Yankees 69.28
22 NFL Philadelphia Eagles 68.31
23 MLB New York Rangers 68.26
24 NHL Boston Bruins 68.17
25 NHL Pittsburgh Steelers 68.10
26 NHL Montreal Canadiens 67.93
27 NFL Houston Texans 67.63
28 NHL Vancouver Canucks 67.31
29 NFL San Francisco 49ers 65.63
30 NFL Arizona Cardinals 64.21
31 NBA Oklahoma City Thunder 64.14
32 MLB Philadelphia Phillies 63.19
33 MLB Detroit Tigers 62.73
34 NHL Edmonton Oilers 62.38
35 NBA Los Angeles Clippers 60.41
36 NFL New York Jets 59.41
37 MLB Texas Rangers 59.06
38 NHL Calgary Flames 58.41
39 NFL Atlanta Falcons 58.29
40 NHL Minnesota Wild 58.06
41 NHL San Jose Sharks 57.41
42 NFL Detroit Lions 57.28
43 NBA Dallas Mavericks 57.27
44 MLB Chicago Cubs 56.83
45 NFL Cincinnati Bengals 56.68
46 NBA Brooklyn Nets 56.45
47 NFL Indianapolis Colts 56.07
48 NHL Philadelphia Flyers 54.86
49 NFL Carolina Panthers 54.60
50 NHL Detroit Red Wings 52.71
 
Top 5: Highest Average Stadium Capacity Filled
Overall Rank
Team
Overall Score
Percent Stadium Full (capacity)
5 Dallas Cowboys 83.94 109.50%
43 Dallas Mavericks 57.27 108.30%
8 Green Bay Packers 80.55 106.87%
11 Chicago Bulls 76.49 106.71%
35 Los Angeles Clippers 60.41 106.12%
 
Top 5: Most Facebook Likes
Overall Rank
Team
Overall Score
Facebook Likes
1 Los Angeles Lakers 100.00 17,405,408
11 Chicago Bulls 76.49 10,193,262
3 Miami Heat 85.56 9,172,997
13 Boston Celtics 75.56 7,229,561
21 New York Yankees 69.28 6,582,352
 
Top 5: Most Twitter Followers
Overall Rank
Team
Overall Score
Twitter Followers
1 Los Angeles Lakers 100.00 3,537,264
3 Miami Heat 85.56 2,058,615
13 Boston Celtics 75.56 1,316,008
11 Chicago Bulls 76.49 1,243,339
21 New York Yankees 69.28 1,029,122
 
Top 5: Highest Average Median Ticket Price (NFL)
Overall Rank
Team
Overall Score
Average Median Ticket Price
6 Chicago Bears 82.60 $215
4 New England Patriots 84.85 $211
12 Denver Broncos 76.42 $185
8 Green Bay Packers 80.55 $176
14 New York Giants 73.82 $175
 
Top 5: Highest Average Median Ticket Price (NBA)
Overall Rank
Team
Overall Score
Average Median Ticket Price
2 New York Knicks 87.47 $129
1 Los Angeles Lakers 100.00 $124
3 Miami Heat 85.56 $78
64 Cleveland Cavaliers 54.52 $70
31 Oklahoma City Thunder 64.14 $59
 
Top 5: Highest Average Median Ticket Price (MLB)
Overall Rank
Team
Overall Score
Average Median Ticket Price
7 Boston Red Sox 82.31 $48
74 San Diego Padres 56.12 $40
80 Toronto Blue Jays 54.05 $37
73 New York Mets 55.26 $37
105 Houston Astros 46.62 $35
 
Top 5: Highest Average Median Ticket Price (NHL)
Overall Rank
Team
Overall Score
Average Median Ticket Price
9 Winnepeg Jets 77.60 $151
10 Toronto Maple Leafs 77.47 $144
17 Chicago Blackhawks 70.66 $114
15 Pittsburgh Penguins 71.70 $110
23 New York Rangers 68.26 $108
Sources:
  • Attendance Numbers: Wikipedia.org, ESPN.com
  • Ticket Prices: TicketCity, Other Secondary Ticket Brokers
  • Capacity: Wikipedia.org
  • Other Sources: Facebook.com, Twitter.com, Individual Team Webpages
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