The Oakland Raiders have one of the most passionate fan bases in the world. They were recognized as the No. 31 fan base in FanSided’s Fandom 250 in 2017.
The NFL has several outstanding fanbases. Few are as rabid and as loyal as Raider Nation to the Oakland Raiders. Raider Nation is wide-reaching, as there are diehard Raiders fans all across the country, or really anywhere there are football fans. You’re never too far from a diehard Raiders, no matter where you call home.
So it should come as no surprise that the Raiders made FanSided‘s Fandom 250 for the second straight year. The Raiders moved up 22 spots from No. 53 in 2016 to No. 31 in 2017. At this rate, the Raiders will crack the top-10 next year in 2018. 16 of the 32 NFL franchises made Fandom 250 this year. The Raiders placed fifth out of 16 qualifying fanbases.
While the Raiders were fifth among NFL teams that made Fandom 250 in 2016 as well, keep in mind that it is abundantly clear who the five biggest fanbases are in the NFL. The other four teams ahead of the Raiders were the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 30), the Green Bay Packers (No. 23), the Dallas Cowboys (No. 13) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 9).
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Other NFL fanbases that cracked the top 100 include the Denver Broncos (No. 84), the Buffalo Bills (No. 81), the Seattle Seahawks (No. 56) and the New England Patriots (No. 45).
That’s great company to be apart of, though seeing Kansas City one spot ahead of the Raiders doesn’t feel right. Let’s fix that next year. If the Raiders can knock off Green Bay, Dallas or Pittsburgh next year as well, that would be incredible.
Keep in mind that Fandom 250 encapsulates fandom across all things, not just sports. Things like Star Wars, Conor McGregor and The Ohio State Buckeyes finished in the top five. To break the top 50 in the second year of Fandom 250’s existence is a huge deal.
Being easily inside the top 100 both years is a testament to the wide reach and impact Raider Nation has as a fan base. Congratulations to y’all for getting to No. 31 this year. We’ll climb even higher in 2018.