The Emory Sports Marketing Analytics program recently did an NFL Fan study ranking all 32 NFL fan bases ranking the fans of the Houston Texans 16th overall.
The ESMA says about the study, “In our series of fan base analyses across leagues, we adjust for these complicating factors using a revenue premium model of fan equity. The key idea is that we look at team box office revenues relative to team on-field success, market population, stadium capacity, median income and other factors.
“The first step in our procedure involves the creation of a statistical model that predicts box office revenue as a function of the aforementioned variables. We then compare actual revenues to the revenues predicted by the model. Teams with relatively stronger fan support will have revenues that exceed the predicted values, and teams that under perform have relatively less supportive fan bases.”
The Texans came into the league in ’02 when replaced the void left when the Houston Oilers relocated to Tennessee in ’97.
No. 1 ranked fan base was the Texans’ in-state counterpart, the Dallas Cowboys, followed by the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants to round out the Top 5.
Defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were ranked eighth.
As for the AFC South, the Indianapolis Colts were sixth, followed by the Tennessee Titans in 10th and the Jacksonville Jaguars were 27th.
As a fan of the Texans, do you feel you were ranked too low in the list?
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