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Bills ranked 19th best fan base

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Hard to comment on it without knowing more detail (yes - I looked at the article).  I would say, considering Buffalo is a small market team, 19th is not too bad.

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Cowboys, Patriots, Eagles, Giants and Steelers in the top 5.  Are you sure this isn't an Onion article?

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The Onion is not much different than Emory. I think the professor "publishes" this every year.  Some colleges require publishing to keep job.

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These are the same flawed "stats" people often use to quantify fan-dom.

They heavily favor large markets and teams who are good/bandwagoners

 

To me, the best gauge of a fan base is to view how the fans are during the lean years.

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19 minutes ago, May Day 10 said:

These are the same flawed "stats" people often use to quantify fan-dom.

They heavily favor large markets and teams who are good/bandwagoners

 

To me, the best gauge of a fan base is to view how the fans are during the lean years.

 

Whatever criteria gets us to #1!

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They do this every year, and every year it is stupid. By the very fact that a third of the study relies on what they call “fan equity,” which regards how much money fans are willing to spend, immediately puts fans in economically depressed areas, or areas with lower economic indicators (lower wages, property values, local gdp, etc) at a disadvantage. In fact, in a demographic like Tennessee, where people are only willing to spend a fraction of what fans in New York are willing to spend, for example, may be especially deceiving, as the amount Tennesseans are spending as a percentage of their net income might be significantly higher. Does this study adjust for that? I sincerely doubt it. 

 

Although, I will say, Rams being dead last makes perfect sense. Worst. Fans. Ever. 

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33 minutes ago, Doc Brown said:

Cowboys, Patriots, Eagles, Giants and Steelers in the top 5.  Are you sure this isn't an Onion article?

 

I agree this must be the Onion or maybe it's from Babylon Bee!

 

Of those fan bases I would rank the Steelers ahead of ours but not any of the rest. 

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Patriots fans didn’t exist before 2001.

 

Dolphins at 14 is actually more of a joke than the Patriots anywhere near the top 5.

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1 hour ago, End The Drought said:

Isnt this an old study? I remember reading something sbout a study from a guy at Emory University at least a year ago if not longer that ssid the same nonsense...

 

You want to see the best fan base? Have their team miss the playoffs for 18 years in a row and see how many of those places even have a team let alone a fan base...my guess is not more than 4 other teams.

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I only briefly skimmed the article. Seemed like it was all based on money. Our love for the Bills is not quantifiable 

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1 hour ago, Limeaid said:

The Onion is not much different than Emory. I think the professor "publishes" this every year.  Some colleges require publishing to keep job.

 

I always hated buying a professor's book in a college class.

 

Just seems wrong.

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Ah the great minds in American academics are working on important matters like this... Meanwhile, cancer

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1 hour ago, Ol Dirty B said:

 

I always hated buying a professor's book in a college class.

 

Just seems wrong.

 

In college I handed my textbook back to professor with corrections.  I also discussed his terminology and how he could update it with modern terminology (modern in early 1980s).  I was later asked to grade and correct his exam, an exam I needed to take but even if I got a 0 I would have gotten the highest grade in class. When he republished the book he gave me a contributor credit.  He gave me an excellent reference for job interviews and I was told "Dr. Zucker's letter was reason why your resume stood out."

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2 hours ago, CincyBillsFan said:

 

I agree this must be the Onion or maybe it's from Babylon Bee!

 

Of those fan bases I would rank the Steelers ahead of ours but not any of the rest. 

 

I grew up around Steelers "fans." A couple years they were around .500 and you couldn't find Steelers gear or fans anywhere. I went to a game in Pittsburgh in the early 2000s and no one in the stadium that I talked to could name 5 players on the team.

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6 hours ago, cle23 said:

 

I grew up around Steelers "fans." A couple years they were around .500 and you couldn't find Steelers gear or fans anywhere. I went to a game in Pittsburgh in the early 2000s and no one in the stadium that I talked to could name 5 players on the team.

Hey, that Cowher is a good coach.  Hes gonna lead us to the World Series of football in 2020.😎

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9 hours ago, May Day 10 said:

These are the same flawed "stats" people often use to quantify fan-dom.

They heavily favor large markets and teams who are good/bandwagoners

 

To me, the best gauge of a fan base is to view how the fans are during the lean years.

 

Exactly, this came up in last year’s article.  It’s not accurate, and who cares.  We know we have great fans.

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these measures would bode better for bills if "per capita"....(a percent of our population)

 

this model is skewed based on raw population......its hard for 1 million possible  bills fans to out spend or out use social media vs  10 million possible NY Giant fans

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10 hours ago, May Day 10 said:

These are the same flawed "stats" people often use to quantify fan-dom.

They heavily favor large markets and teams who are good/bandwagoners

 

To me, the best gauge of a fan base is to view how the fans are during the lean years.

Like when 20,000 would show up at Rich during '84 and '85 seasons.....and I was one of them

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Based on the NFL network poll / vote the Bills (due to 20,000 last minute votes by a Tenny fan) finished 2nd as the best fan base

 

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10 hours ago, End The Drought said:

 

First let's start with the sports powerhouse that is Emory University opining on an athletic topic. 

 

Second in reading the article .. as mentioned some stats are economically driven (Jersey sales, etc.) which our AWESOME smaller market team won't compete.

 

But the Road Equity stat involves measuring how well a team draws on the road, adjusting for team performance and we rank 13th ... now those that have been to a Bills Road Game knows how well the Mafia represents on the road .. now imagine if our Road Record last year wasn't 2-6 where that rank could be.

 

Can't wait for Thanksgiving to hopefully improve our Road Equity stat against the Boys ... Cole Beasley's homecoming game!

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