Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers fans hold up signs during the game against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. San Francisco won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Study: Green Bay Packers Have Best Fans In NFL

Fans of the Green Bay Packers have long held the belief they are the best in the NFL and now they have scientific proof.

According to Forbes, Packers fans were ranked the No. 1 fans in the National Football League in a study that compared hometown crowd reach, three years of television ratings, three years of stadium attendance, three years of merchandise sales and social media reach.

Market researchers Nielsen Scarborough found that 84 percent of adults in Green Bay are Packers fans, having watched, attended or listened to Green Bay games over the last year.

You know Lambeau Field is a popular destination on Sundays when a Catholic priest brings Mass to a tailgate party.

Packer fans scored the highest marks in every category but TV rankings (second) and merchandise sales (seventh). The merchandise sales totals take a hit, however, because the cheesehead hats that are synonymous with Packer fandom do not count—they are not NFL licensed merchandise.

Green Bay has the smallest market in the NFL—a metropolitan area population of 306,241, according to Forbes—but the team has 4.4 million fans on Facebook and more than 701,000 followers on Twitter.

There is some reason to call the methodology of the survey a bit silly—the Packers are as much Wisconsin’s team as they are exclusively Green Bay’s.

But in any event, the Forbes report confirms what Packer fans have believed for a long time—they are the NFL’s best.

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