10 Least Loyal Fanbases in Sports

10 Least Loyal Fanbases in Sports

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Every sports team has a fanbase, but some are more loyal than others. Here are the top 10 least loyal fanbases in sports.

10. Dallas Cowboys

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10. Dallas Cowboys

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When the Dallas Cowboys are winning and contending for the NFC East, they are known as “America's Team.” But when the going gets tough, fans tend to stray far from Jerry’s World.

9. New York Islanders

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9. New York Islanders

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The New York Islanders have made the playoffs only once in the last five seasons and during that season, the Islanders averaged just 13,306 fans per game. Even when the Islanders are racking up wins, showing up to the worst arena in the NHL isn't worth their "fans'" time.

8. Houston Astros

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8. Houston Astros

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It's not hard to see why fans aren't lining up to watch the Houston Astros play. Their last playoff appearance was in 2005. They made it all the way to the World Series, but ended up being swept by the White Sox. Since 2005, they have only had two winning seasons, so there hasn’t been much for fans to cheer about.

7. Atlanta Hawks

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7. Atlanta Hawks

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It should come as no surprise that a team from the worst sports city in America has made an appearance on this list. The Atlanta Hawks have always struggled to generate a fan following, regardless of how the Hawks are performing. Last season, the Hawks made the playoffs and were still third to last in arena attendance. Possessing great players and a nice arena just somehow isn't enough to bring fans in.

6. Miami Marlins

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6. Miami Marlins

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Steve Mitchell - USA Today

Even when the Miami Marlins won the World Series, their attendance was still low. The city recently paid for a brand new stadium in hopes that it would bring in waves of brand new fans, but it has so far failed to do so. Miami sports teams tend to attract people who see sports more as “events,” rather than something to pour their heart and soul into, thus making it difficult for the Marlins to generate a fan solid base.

5. Arizona Coyotes

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5. Arizona Coyotes

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The Arizona Coyotes have been through bankruptcy, new ownership and the threat of relocation, simply because of one thing: a lack of fans. The Coyotes have been mediocre, and since they are an ice hockey team in the middle of the desert, fans are going to be hard to attract.

4. Philadelphia Phillies

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4. Philadelphia Phillies

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Bill Streicher - USA Today

When the Philadelphia Phillies are hot, fans flock to the ballpark. But the Phillies haven't been playing as well they have for the past two years, and it has shown through a drop in stadium attendance. The Phillies don't produce a shortage of fair-weather fans.

3. Tampa Bay Rays

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3. Tampa Bay Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the best teams in baseball over the past six seasons. With their young talent, you would think fans would be flocking to their stadium, but that hasn’t been the case. This is partially due to the Rays' old stadium that is too far removed from the Tampa Bay area.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Kirby Lee - USA Today

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have consistently been at the bottom of the league in attendance since they were introduced in the 1995 NFL expansion. This comes partially from the Jaguars being one of the worst teams in the NFL and lacking any sort of star power. Jaguars fans have to be bribed with free beer to attend games and when they do attend games, they arrive with bags over their heads to hide their faces in shame.

1. Miami Heat

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Steve Mitchell - USA Today

1. Miami Heat

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Steve Mitchell - USA Today

Diehard Miami Heat fans exist, we know, but the amount of bandwagoners that LeBron James has brought to the sunshine state with him have made this fanbase something to laugh at. Whenever LeBron decides to leave Miami, hundreds of fans will inevitably follow. The Heat's arena attendance will go back to bringing in average numbers and attending these games will no longer be the "cool" thing to do.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.


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  • Brett

    You are an idiot for including the Phillies in this conversation and shows you know little worth reading. Check those attendance #s again and match them up to the likes of bad teams in the league or even some good teams. The Phillies have been bad which precludes to the obvious drop in attendance just like every other sports franchise. Just like your Pittsburgh Pirates when noone showed up to games for over a decade bc they were woeful. Do a little research before writing claims like this.

  • jeffrow

    shame that the so called worst fans in sports are the miami heat over a “presumption” that they would not go if Lebron James wasn’t there… dont you think you should wait to see if that is true or not? How can you say that the fans are Bandwagon fans. without facts!

    • Steven

      Did you not watch the finals when they left in the 4th quarter MULTIPLE times? That fan base is a joke. Without even go through the slideshow, I HOPE they’re number 1.