Chicago Bears News: Fans Among NFL Most Loyal and More


Good morning and welcome to the latest installment of Bear Dawn. I am going to try to kick off your Monday right with the latest Chicago Bears news and notes from across the internet.

Last week, an interesting metric rating NFL fan bases was released by Emory Sports Marketing Analytics. In the most simplest terms, Emory uses statistics to find out which fan bases are the most loyal and involved in their respective teams.

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“In terms of the nuts and bolts of what we are about to present, we use fifteen years of data on NFL team performance, ticket prices, market populations, median incomes, won-loss records and multiple other factors,” Manish Tripathi wrote for Emory. “We create statistical models of box office revenue, and then see which teams over- and under-perform the model’s predictions.”

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Fans of the Dallas Cowboys lead the way on Emory’s list, followed by the New England Patriots, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets to round out the top five. Coming in at number six is your very own Chicago Bears, and they are followed closely by the Green Bay Packers.

That’s right, the Bears have the single most loyal fan base in the NFC North. Tripathi does however mention the Packers in teams that do not charge enough for tickets to show up well on a list similar to this.

"The Steelers and Packers have great fan followings.  The Seahawks are slowly developing a great fan base.  And these teams will do better when we switch to non-financial metrics such as social media following. But for the current “revenue premium” model these teams just don’t price high enough. In a way, these teams with massive season ticket waiting lists are the most supportive of their fans."

A moral victory it may be, but I will take it.

Wondering about the rest of the NFC North? The Minnesota Vikings fan base shows up at number 18, while the supporters of the Detroit Lions come in all the way down at number 25.

Former Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was arrested and charged with battery over the weekend. Kromer, now the offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills, reportedly got into a dispute with three under-aged boys over the use of beach chairs.

According to the Walton County Sheriff:

"Victims told deputies Kromer grabbed their fishing pole and threw the pole into the water and then pushed one of the boys to the ground and punched him in the face. It was stated Kromer then told the boys to return the chairs to where they found them.The victim stated Kromer also told him if he reported him to the police he would kill his family."

Clearly, this guy has some issues. Kromer’s time was mostly forgettable with the Bears. He is probably best remember in Chicago for being the guy who leaked to the media that the Bears had “buyers remorse” on quarterback Jay Cutler. This is a sad story all around, and his career in the NFL could easily be over.

On a much lighter note, Hub Arkush, Kevin Fishbain and Arthur Arkush continue their Bear Necessities Top 20 Countdown for The trio noted their selections for the 15th-11th most important Bears on the season.

Jarvis Jenkins comes in at number 15, followed by Jared Allen at 14, number 13 Tim Jennings, Christian Jones at 12 and at 11, first-round rookie Kevin White. I am surprised to see Jones that high on the list, and would have expected to see White a bit higher. This is a very interesting watch, as these three guys do a strong profile on each player. Definitely something worth checking out, and I look forward to the top 10.

On the home front, BGO’s own Derek Hanfland gave his predictions for the Bears’ starters on the defensive side of the ball. There are certainly some interesting position battles that will take place in training camp, and Derek does his best to predict how it will all shake out. He also did an offensive starters prediction piece last week.

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