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Study ranks Cleveland Browns fan base as one of the worst in the NFL

Posted: 1:21 PM, Jun 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-27 13:21:31-04
Study ranks Cleveland Browns fan base as one of the worst in the NFL

Cleveland Browns fans have been through a lot over the years— not winning a championship since the 60s and having a 0-16 season last year—and a new study ranking them among the worst in the NFL is the icing on top of a half-eaten cake.

A study conducted by Dr. Michael Lewis of Emory University  ranked the Browns fans as the fifth worst fan base in the NFL.

The Browns join Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams and Titans who are ranked dead last on the losing list. Dr. Lewis used three measures of fan engagement to determine the rankings.

  • Fan equity focuses on the home box office revenues.
  • Social equity focuses on fan willingness to engage as part of a team's online community.
  • Road equity focuses on how teams draw on the road after adjusting for team performance.

To get the final ranking, he used a simple average across the three metrics.

The top five winners on the list are the Cowboys, Patriots, Eagles, Giants and the Steelers, which is unchanged from last year according to the study.

Browns fans, whose faith has been shaken over the years, still show up for their team, with the most recent example being the parade that was held in January for the team's "perfect season." About 3,000 fans showed up in the cold weather to show their undying support for a team that didn't win a single game.

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BROWNS SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Buccaneers 13, Browns 12 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · Browns 23, Jets 3 (1-1)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · Rams 20, Browns 13 (1-2)

WEEK 4 · Sun 09/29 · Browns 40, Ravens 25 (2-2)

WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 49ers 31, Browns 3 (2-3)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · Seahawks 32, Browns 28 (2-4)

WEEK 7 Bye

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/27 · Patriots 27, Browns 13 (2-5)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/03 · Broncos 24, Browns 19 (2-6)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/10 · Browns 19, Bills 16

WEEK 11 · Thu 11/14 · Browns 21, Steelers 7

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/24 · 1:00 PM EST Miami Dolphins (CBS)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/01 · 4:25 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/08 · 1:00 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/15 · 4:05 PM EST at Arizona Cardinals (CBS)

WEEK 16 · Sun 12/22 · 1:00 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 17 · Sun 12/29 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)