The Real “America’s Team”
For 35 years the Dallas Cowboys have toted the “America’s Team” tittle, but are they still worthy of the claim? If a team is to hold the crown as this great nation’s favorite NFL organization, they would have to be beloved across the states, not just their own. The favoritism would have to be visibly spread from their home. The ‘Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl in 17 years and are under constant scrutiny over their signal caller, Tony Romo, and his new contract. Yet, their fan base remains large. The question is, is it big enough to be the majority or does a team like Green Bay make their way in, who are actually owned by their fans.
Super Bowl victories always have a say in national view, so the Steelers have the edge there with six. Followed by San Francisco and Dallas with 5 and Green Bay with four. On the other hand, it’s quite easy to rule out a few teams. The Jaguars, Chargers, Bills, Bengals and Colts have all experienced television black outs in the last five year and takes them right out of the running. That being said, true fans are fans wether they’re 16-0 or 0-16. So when it came right down to finding out what team is the most popular in the entire united states, social media seems like the most logical choice these days.
With 155 million users, Facebook has become a much better measuring tool than the older ways of T.V. ratings, which are no where near what could be considered accurate. So, what does Facebook tell us? It tells us what me already knew, the Dallas Cowboy’s reign as king. Dallas and Pittsburgh are the only teams to weigh in at over 3.5 million likes. The Saints, Packers, and Patriots came in at 2.5 million, while the Giants and Bears had just under 2 million. The Colts, Eagles, Raiders, 49ers, Broncos, Vikings, and Jets range from 1.5 million to a cool million. Teams from just under a million down to 500,000 include the Chargers, Dolphins, Ravens Redskins Falcons, Lions, Seahawks, Chiefs, Browns, Bengals, Texans. The stragglers include the Panthers, Titans, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Bills, Rams, and last, but not least (oh wait, yes, least) the Jaguars. All coming in at under 500,000 likes on Facebook.
Another area I chose to look for fan numbers was merchandise sales, outside of the top team, it didn’t vary much from the Facebook rankings. The NFL website proshop yielded these results- Giants, Cowboys, Steelers, Broncos, 49ers, Packers, Patriots, Bears, Redskins, Ravens, in that order. Are we noticing a trend yet?
One glaring point this research showed me was that, indeed, wins seem to have a say in the amount of fans a team had. The information I acquired is parellel to what I notice on my own Facebook page, Nfl Man. The X-factor seems to be what us true NFL fans call “bandwagoners”. The tendency to favor a currently successful team. However you choose to decipher the information, the result is the same. The Dallas Cowboys still hold the prestigious tittle of “America’s Team”