Baltimore Ravens Fans Ranked 5th Best In NFL


Aug 7, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) high fives fans after beating the San Francisco 49ers 23-3 at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has its fair share of dedicated fans, perhaps more so than any other sport.  And at least one site is ranking how the fans of each NFL team rank among each other.  In what is sure to be a sounding board for some serious debate and infighting, Forbes has rolled out its NFL’s best fans rankings, and Baltimore Ravens fans ranked 5th in the entire league.

The criteria that Forbes uses to rank NFL team fanbases is based on five criteria – hometown crowd reach, 3 years of television ratings, 3 years of stadium attendance, 3 years of merchandise sales, and social media reach.  Data is gathered from a combination of Nielson,, Facebook, and Twitter.

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In case you were wondering, the Green Bay Packers came in at number one overall.  The Broncos were number 2 (thanks, Peyton Manning) followed by the Saints and Patriots.  The Steelers were number 7 (another victory!).  The Packers have an amazing fanbase, no doubt.  According to Nielson, 84% of adults living in Green Bay are Packers fans.  Probably because there is nothing else to do there.

Based on Forbes’ ratings, this is how the Ravens finished in all the categories:

Hometown crowd rank: 4
TV Audience rank: 6
Stadium attendance rank: 1
Social media rank: 8
Merchandise rank: 12

So it appears that Ravens fans actually go to games instead of just buying the merchandise and “claiming” to be a fan. Sounds like a real group of fans to us!

What do you think about Forbes’ rankings?