Miami Heat Fans Ranked Most Loyal in the NBA

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It wasn't that long ago when it seemed like the entire world hated the Miami Heat, and during the worst of those times it seemed like people were attacking the fans almost as much as they were attacking LeBron James. "Miami doesn't deserve this team," they said. "They don't even show up on time. Do they even know what basketball is?"

Yeah, well, according to a new survey by Brand Keys, the Miami Heat have the most loyal fans in the NBA.

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Update: The Internet still hates Miami Heat fans. We hate you back, Internet. Read our response to the Twitter haters

The Brand Keys Sports Fan Loyalty Index interviews fans in the media markets of all 30 NBA teams to provide a direct comparison of each fan base. Besides win-loss record, the survey includes things like "authenticity," "fan bonding," and "history and tradition."

Miami Heat fans came in No. 1 this year, up from No. 6 in 2012. We replace last year's most loyal fans, the San Antonio Spurs, who fell to No. 2. The New York Knicks, Boston Celtic, and the tied fan bases of the Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder round out the top five.

The Charlotte Bobcats came in at the very bottom.

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TerribleLoyaltyIndex
TerribleLoyaltyIndex

Miami fans leaving early in game 3, booing their players in game 4... Loyal my ass!

slegrande31
slegrande31

I'm sorry but this is inaccurate. Saying heat fans are loyal is like saying cigarettes are actually healthy for you. 

Mike Guerrero
Mike Guerrero

I highly doubt that. Who wrote the article? Someone from Miami?

Phillip Beck
Phillip Beck

they should re-do this list when lebron leaves

heatfansareajoke
heatfansareajoke

This is a joke, I'm sorry. During the season no one shows up to the games and you consider yourself the best fans ? Man, I don't know what you're smoking down in Miami. I'm a Cavs fan and when Lebron was here we would beat you any day of the week. Every game was a sellout and we didn't have to beg fans to come to games. The biggest front running fans in the NBA.

heatfansareajoke
heatfansareajoke

This is a joke, I'm sorry. During the season no one shows up to the games and you consider yourself the best fans ? Man, I don't know what you're smoking down in Miami. I'm a Cavs fan and when Lebron was here we would beat you any day of the week. Every game was a sellout and we didn't have to beg fans to come to games. The biggest front running fans in the NBA.

auctorina
auctorina

I believe it. Before we got LeBron and when Dwayne started to get lackluster when his contract was about to be up the fans wanted to petition to change Dade to Wade County. The mayor let us change it for just a day I think lol. We wanted him to stay and he did, and even brought LeBron for the ride! Also, we show love to ex Heat players too no matter how they left. Nothing like these other fanbases. When the Heat didn't win the Finals the first year of the Big 3 we were still very proud they made it to the Finals the first year in. It was the media and low-key haters who wanted Spo out and I see they have all been silenced. I remember the parade from the first Championship where all of South Florida showed up and we all felt a sense of unity from there and Wade and them took that and passed it to the team. The fans love everyone on the team from LeBron on down (Varnado is questionable).We deserve #1 and rightfully so!

johngiang3
johngiang3

This is such a BS ranking index. How do you survey "fan bonding" and "authenticity"? So stupid. There are no statistics at all. Plus, for history and tradition, it isn't fair for teams that aren't in the league as long as the Knicks and Lakers (ex. Hornets, Raptors). This is a terrible index. They interviewed fans to get this ranking lol. Seriously, this is your basis for your ranking

George Leyva Jr.
George Leyva Jr.

We are truly loyal. 25 years and counting. I see fake fans in every team, especially when they're losing. See Game 6 ECF 2012 ending

John Maxwell
John Maxwell

what does that even mean? Like they would take a bullet for Lebron James? That they couldn't be bribed by another team to route for them. God I hate the Heat so much

Peter Beach
Peter Beach

Miami fans. Fair weather fans. Fact. Sorry, gang... just callin' it like it is. Love the Heat... my daughter was a Heat dancer for a few years. Born-and-bred Boston guy... I know loyal fans.

Trevor Martin
Trevor Martin

You should probably take this down to avoid further embarassment.

Ricardo Casasola
Ricardo Casasola

Lol no such thing. If the Heat sucked you guys would be trashing them, and not showing up to games like you do with the Marlins and Dolphins.

Matt Hirschenbein
Matt Hirschenbein

LMAO, I even know Heat fans that will call Bullsh*t on this.

Trevor Martin
Trevor Martin

what a joke. show up to the game on time first.

just_some_guy33183
just_some_guy33183

@heatfansareajoke  you mad bra??..... Offcourse you guys would show up ontime to games theres nothing else to fucking  do in that crap hole u call a town.And why do you think they beg us to come to games.... Your a fucking joke  hahahah. you  know how crappy  ohio  is .... you cant even keep some one that was born there to freaking stay  hahahah mistake by the lakeee


johngiang3
johngiang3

@auctorina So because you had a lil parade for your FA signings, your the best fans in the world. I'm pretty sure every city would be rejoicing if they got LeBron James you dummy. And also, booing ex players actually shows passion by the fanbases because they know how attached they were to a player when they left. Ex. the Boston fans booing Ray Allen showed how attached they were to him when he played there and how they felt betrayed when he signed with Miami. I can't take anything you say seriously from a "Heat" fan who has a Hello Kitty picture. This so called Index has no validity in it at all as it has no statistics to back it up. It is based on personal opinion. 

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@Matt Hirsch  

Go Heats!

/I agree  

Azog
Azog

Here's a few facts that people from Miami try to hide. Miami has the highest poverty rate in the US as well as one of the lowest median incomes. It has also been a consistent contender for murder capitol of the US since the 80's. Yeah... your city is a poverty stricken, crime ridden dump outside of "Souf Beach". Furthermore, your fans are a joke and the whole sports world knows it. It is so...

Azog
Azog

Here's some fun facts for you. Miami has the highest poverty rate in America. It also ranks near the top in lowest median income and murders per capita. Yeah.. Your city is a filthy, violent, poverty stricken dump outside of south beach. Your fans are a joke and the whole sports world knows it. It is so...

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