PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — What? Philadelphia is the ninth best football city in the country?
Well that’s exactly what WalletHub.com is saying according to their study, where they measured 245 U.S. cities based on 18 key metrics. The metrics included number of NFL and college football teams, performance of those teams, average tickets prices, franchise value, number of sports bars, friendliness and engagement (per social media), and more.READ MORE: Villanova University Reports Male Student Allegedly Sexually Assaulted 4 Female Students In Residence Halls
Philadelphia — with the Eagles and now the surging Temple Owls — received a total score of 39.88, which puts the city at No. 9. However, Philly also ranked as having one of the least accessible NFL stadiums (28th).
The top city is Green Bay with a score of 66.55, while Clemson is second at 53.71. Pittsburgh, Tuscaloosa, East Lansing, Denver, Princeton, and New York all rank ahead of Philly.
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“From a business perspective there is no one profile of a “good” football fan,” said Patrick Walsh, an assistant professor of sports management at Syracuse University. “However, loyal fans who continue to generate revenue by purchasing tickets, merchandise, and engaging in sponsored promotions are of course highly desirable.”
Yuhei Inoue, an assistant professor of sport management at the University of Minnesota, made it even simpler.
“I define good football fans as those who support their team regardless of how poorly the team is performing,” he said.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Archdiocese Agrees With Church Leaders Discouraging Catholics From Getting Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Considering Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl, Eagles fans can certainly make a case for the best in the country, as their passion is never in question. The lack of interest and intensity for college football in Philly, however, understandably knocks the city down a few notches.