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Bucs’ fans ranked 21st in NFL, says a marketing survey

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There hasn’t been a lot around the Tampa Bay Bucs to root for in a very long time, so it’s unclear just how accurate the ratings are.

Still, Bucs fans ranked in the top three-quarters of the NFL, so that’s something to cheer, at least.

A study by the Emory Sports Marketing Analytics has ranked the NFL’s fans from best to worst. “What we are really trying to get at is the most avid, engaged, passionate and supportive fans,” the study says. To do so, they used data such as attendance, prices and revenues.

The Bucs, who have not won a playoff game since their Super Bowl win following the 2002 season, still ranked higher than Jacksonville (29th) and Miami (32nd) in the rankings.

Dallas, New England, the Giants, Ravens and the Jets led the way. The worst fans were Buffalo, Jacksonville, Oakland, Cleveland and Miami. Tampa Bay was behind Minnesota, Arizona and Atlanta and just in front of Carolina, St. Louis and Cincinnati.

Perhaps the Bucs can move up with quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans. Much of that will depend on whether coach Lovie Smith can win more than two games.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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