It’s nothing new, but Jacksonville Jaguars fans continue to be severely undervalued.
If you are reading this right now, there is a strong chance you yourself cheer for the Jacksonville Jaguars. With that, you are probably all too familiar as well with the outdated and ignorant jokes about Jaguars fans, or a perceived lack thereof, that have been uttered over the years.
Before last season, the product on the field had not been successful for nearly a decade, so less than flattering remarks about the team had sadly been painfully true in most cases. But one thing that never made sense is how Jacksonville’s fan base has been burdened with an unfair and relentless attack on its level of support for the home team.
Now, even after one of the most triumphant seasons in franchise history in 2017, the support from fans of the black and teal continues to be criminally underappreciated. Yahoo Sports posted an article on a study of the best fans in the NFL, and the Jaguars check in at number 29.
The study’s metrics focus mainly on three factors: fan equity, social equity, and road equity. Using those variables, Jacksonville was placed above only three teams.
Frankly, studies can use whatever calculations they think give an accurate depiction of the best and worst fan bases, but the fact remains that Jaguars fans are once again way too low on the list.
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Jacksonville is a small market team, but support has never wavered year in and year out. Chants of “Duuuuuuvaal” echo out regardless of whether the team is 4-10 or 10-4. Fans remained loyal, showing up year after year, hoping this was the season all the pieces came together.
In 2017, it happened, and evidence of the quality of this fan base has never been more clear. All the remaining tarps in TIAA Bank Field have been permanently removed, the team leads the league in new season ticket sales, and even lower-bowl single game tickets have already sold out for the rematches against the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jacksonville Jaguars fans have always and will always be a passionate group, through whatever success and hard times may come. No amount of metrics and false narratives will ever take that away.