In the United States, football is by far the most prominent and popular sport. Every Sunday (and some Saturdays) from September to January, most Americans wake up with excitement and eagerness. Watching NFL games and rooting for a favorite team is part of American tradition. On average, NFL games tend to get 18 million viewers and the big games are consistently the most watched broadcasts every year. The next most popular league in America, the NBA, only gets around 1.8 million viewers per game. Considering how important football is to America, FanWide has decided to create its own ranking of the top 10 NFL franchises. Using FanWide’s unique data, this top 10 list includes the amount of Fan Clubs each team has around the nation. FanWide has evaluated all 32 NFL teams across both the AFC and the NFC. The top 10 teams have been successful in recent seasons as well as throughout history. They all have their fair share of Lombardi Trophies and are all considered “NFL Elites” relative to the rest of the league. In addition, all 10 NFL teams are big market teams with large and loyal fan bases. Due to their consistent prowess, every football player growing up wants to play for these 10 teams. These teams are considered the tip of the top and have succeeded for decades on and off the field.
In the search for the top football fan club, FanWide has interviewed the leaders of several prominent football fan clubs across the league and across the nation. One such leader is Chris Porter of the Boston Sports Fan Group of Seattle which organizes game watch parties for fans of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and New England Revolution. FanWide has hosted several events with this fan club and we were even featured together on TV during NBC King 5’s Evening Show: https://king5.com/entertainment/television/programs/evening/local-startup-brings-out-of-town-fans-together/464940138.
FanWide asked him the following questions about what makes his club one of the top clubs in the nation:
There’s no one more loyal than a sports fan. They would die for their team. But not all fans are born supporters of their team. NFL clubs have to work at their branding to earn their support.
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The Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era has proven quite fruitful for New England Patriots fans. Since 2001, the team has missed the playoffs just twice, winning five Super Bowls in eight trips. With these levels of success, the team is often considered one of the greatest NFL dynasties of all time, with Brady and Belichick widely regarded as some of the best ever in their respective roles. While the success of the Patriots may draw to mind names such as Brady, Belichick, Gronkowski, Moss, Welker, Bruschi, and others, the driving force behind the popularity of the team has been a devoted fanbase, with some of the top fan clubs in the country.
The NFL’s Salute to Service games where hosted last week, where teams honored past and present veterans. Many games featured current military members presenting their colors at halftime or before the game. The Indianapolis Colts invited families of fallen soldiers to attend and walk on the field before the game.