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The Green Bay Packers unveiled a statue that includes fans for the "Lambeau Leap." Forbes called the fans the best in the league. (PHOTO: Paige Curtis/

Packers fans named best in the NFL

People love the Green Bay Packers, both in Wisconsin and around the country. But exactly HOW much do they love them? Enough to be named the best fans in the country? Forbes got to the bottom of it with a new ranking released on Wednesday.

The publication ranked fans in the following categories:

  1. Hometown crowd reach (defined by Nielsen Scarborough as a percentage of the metropolitan area population that watched, attended, and/or listened to a game in the last year).
  2. Three years' worth of television ratings (per Nielsen).
  3. Three years' worth of stadium attendance based on capacity reached.
  4. Three years' worth of merchandise sales (per
  5. Social media reach (a combination of Facebook likes and Twitter followers based on the team's metro area population).

According to Forbes, "Packers fans scored the highest marks in all categories but TV rankings where it came in second and in merchandise where they came in seventh."

Interestingly, the cheesehead hats were excluded from the merchandise total because it is not officially licensed NFL merchandise.

So, soak it up Packers fans -- you sit atop another list.

(Oh, and by the way, the Chicago Bears' fan base rated No. 10 on this list.)


milROCKeeguy | Aug. 21, 2014 at 1:35 p.m. (report)

TosaJim, always finding a reason to complain about something. How about this is a cool thing, Packers fans are the best. Packers fans don't mind paying $10 for a ticket. It's $10. I'm guessing you always are complaining about a new arena being built, when it may cost taxpayers $10/year. Be happy for once. Unless you are happy finding negatives in everything.

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TosaJim | Aug. 21, 2014 at 11:55 a.m. (report)

And how does the Packer organization reward us? They charge $10 per person for family parking charges....if the money went to a charity, that would be different....but I'm pretty sure it doesn't. I know that all professional sports are a business, but family night should be a free lottery or money charged should go to a local charity or charities.

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