Blackhawks fans 16th best in all of sports according to Forbes

According to research done by Forbes, the Chicago Blackhawks fanbase is among the best in the country.

Forbes looked carefully at all four major sports and compiled a top-16 list. The list is as follows:

  1. Chicago Blackhawks
  2. Philadelphia Phillies
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. Los Angeles Lakers
  6. Montreal Canadiens
  7. St. Louis Cardinals
  8. Dallas Cowboys
  9. San Antonio Spurs
  10. Boston Celtics
  11. Pittsburgh Penguins
  12. New England Patriots
  13. Indianapolis Colts
  14. Detroit Red Wings
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers
  16. Boston Red Sox

As you can see, the Blackhawks are in some elite company. Forbes put together this list by looking at a few categories: Home AND away attendance numbers, merchandise sales, and local success. There aren't many franchises in sports that have done as well as the Hawks in those areas in the past several seasons.

The Blackhawks are the only Chicago team on the list and the 4th best among NHL franchises.

I expect some people to disregard this list simply because of the "bandwagon" factor, but I challenge people to put that aside. Every championship team has bandwagon jumpers, including all fifteen other teams on this list.

Pat yourselves on the back, Hawks fans. Especially season ticket holders.

Some will disagree, but anyone that has been to a game recently knows this is a well-deserved ranking.

-JT

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