Who has America's best sports fans?
Rays fans, read on at your own risk.
In its ranking of America's Best Sports Fans, Forbes magazine puts the Boston Red Sox at No. 1.
(I warned you.)
Forbes looked at fans of teams from the four major U.S. pro sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL). It considered a team's home and away game attendance, merchandise sales and in-market popularity. It ranked all of the teams, then took the top four from each of the four leagues to create its 16-team list.
Here is Forbes' rationale:
Just look at the fans all over the country who follow every pitch of their beloved Boston Red Sox. They pack Fenway when the team is in town, and fill other stadiums when they’re on the road. They stayed true throughout an epic dry spell, when the Sox went 86 years without winning a World Series--and when the team finally broke that drought in 2004, they grew even more fanatic. Today, the team is No. 2 in MLB merchandise sales (behind their hated rivals, the New York Yankees). And members of "Red Sox Nation" are so devoted, they top our list of "America's Best Sports Fans."
The Pittsburgh Steelers rank second, followed by the Detroit Red Wings, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots.
The New York Yankees rank third among baseball teams (behind the Red Sox and 10th-ranked St. Louis Cardinals) and 14th overall.
The Boston Celtics (No. 7) are the top-ranked NBA team.
No Tampa Bay area teams made the list.