New study says Dallas Cowboys have NFL’s “best fans”
The Dallas Cowboys are still “America’s Team” according to science.
Emory University conducted a study to try and determine who has the “best” fans in the NFL and the Cowboys came out on top.
The study used 15 years of hard data collected using a wide range of factors that included: team performance, ticket prices, market populations, median incomes, won-loss records and multiple other factors.
By the measure used in this study, the Cowboys’ fans are the best, followed by the Patriots, Giants, Ravens, and Jets.
The Cowboys have a storied history, a market that loves all forms of football, and a world-class stadium. The Pats strong showing suggests that the impact of “Deflategate” was small. The Jets position might be somewhat surprising, but the team draws well, and has great pricing power without a lot of winning on the field.
The Dolphins are last on the list, with the Browns, Raiders, Jaguars and Bills making up the bottom five.
There are some interesting and storied teams on this list. The Raiders have a ton of passion in the end zone but maybe not throughout the stadium. Cleveland may have never recovered from the loss of the Ravens, and the recreation of the Browns. Florida is almost always a problem on these type of lists. Whether it is the weather or the fact that many of the locals are transplants that didn’t grow up with the team, Florida teams just don’t get the support of teams in other regions.
The biggest surprise is some of the teams that aren’t at the top. The Steelers and Packers have great fan followings. The Seahawks are slowly developing a great fan base. According to the study those teams would have done better if they switch to non-financial metrics such as social media following. But for the current “revenue premium” model those teams just don’t price high enough. In a way, those teams with massive season ticket waiting lists are the most supportive of their fans.
While attending Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, quarterback Drew Brees met legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Rodger Staubach. The two would become such good friends, they would talk on the phone before every one of Brees’ games.
That could’ve been the key reason Brees and his team had a perfect season – going 16-0 with a state championship victory.
That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment in a state where football reigns supreme.
Cowboys, WR Dez Bryant agree to five-year, $70M long-term deal
The Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Dez Bryant have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal that includes $45 million in guaranteed money, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen confirmed those numbers and added that the deal also includes a $20 million signing bonus.
The two sides were able to come to terms before the 4 p.m. ET deadline Wednesday for players under the franchise tag to agree to a long-term deal this year. Bryant had reportedly been threatening to sit out the season opener, if he did not strike a long-term deal before Wednesday’s deadline. He was due to make $13 million under the franchise tag in 2015.
The 26-year-old Bryant is coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons. He was also first-team All-Pro in 2014 after leading the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns.
Bryant has totaled at least 1,000 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns in three straight seasons. The 2010 first-round pick has totaled 381 catches for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns in his first five seasons.