This past week, Emory University released a report to try and determine “what team has the most avid, engaged, passionate and supportive fans.” The Carolina Panthers didn’t fare very well, finishing 22nd in the NFL and was the lowest rank team in the NFC South.
In the article it is stated that they determined the rankings using “fifteen years of data on NFL team performance, ticket prices, market populations, median incomes, won-loss records and multiple other factors. We create statistical models of box office revenue, and then see which teams over- and under- perform the model’s predictions.”
It is a little surprising to see the Panthers ranked as low as they do, especially with the attendance figures the team has had. Over the past three seasons, the Panthers have seen attendance increase each year at Bank of America Stadium.
According to ESPN.com, the past two seasons the team has ranked 8th in the NFL in home attendance with 73,607 last year and 73,443 in 2013. In 2012, the Panthers ranked sixth in the NFL with 73,293.
While this report tries to determine the “best” fan base, it seems to be heavily based in terms of revenue. So while the Panthers may have high attendance, they may not be generating the optimum amount from their ticket prices. This could be why there are three small market teams in the bottom five (Buffalo, Cleveland and Jacksonville), who generally have some of the more affordable ticket prices.
This is certainly one report that I don’t believe Panthers’ fans will agree with.
Brandon Croce is the Lead Publisher for PantherInsider.com. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonCroce.