Is it possible to calculate a fan’s loyalty to a particular team? You might not think so. After all, loyalty and devotion to an organization is more a feeling and a show of commitment than anything else. However, if commitment is at least somewhat rooted in actually showing up, then perhaps there is a way to accurately quantify an individual’s loyalty. Fortunately for us, someone actually took the time to figure this out with regard to fan bases of the National Basketball Association.
Bleacher Report’s Adam Fromal believed the only way to remain objective — to an extent — when figuring out the loyalty of NBA fans, was to determine the difference between an organization’s actual home attendance, and the attendance a team was expected to reach. How did he go about doing this? Per Fromal’s description:
First, we have a team’s actual attendance figures at home from the turn of the century through the end of the 2014-15 campaign. We’re not worried about crowd noise, social-media presence or anything of that ilk, but rather how many fans bother to shell out the dollars necessary to actually attend a contest for their favorite team.
Second, we have expected home attendance, which is based entirely on a team’s record during the regular season. After looking at actual attendance and win percentage during each of the last 15 seasons, we found a best-fit line that allows us to see what a team’s crowd should look like during any given season.
Exceed those expectations consistently, and your loyalty looks good. Fail to meet them, and you’re falling down in the ranks.
It’s definitely an interesting way of trying to gauge overall fan loyalty. And one we’re certain will not only start an interesting debate, but also cause some varying levels of outrage. Just remember, we didn’t break down the data from the past 15 years, we’re merely the messengers. With that in mind, here’s a look at the five NBA teams with the most loyal fan bases