The travails of the Los Angeles Clippers are well-documented. Not only have they had 17 losing seasons in the past 20 years, but they share a city and an arena with the 14-time NBA champion Lakers. But here’s a thought that might surprise both teams, if not the 3.8 million people in the city: The Clippers’ fans are the most loyal in town. In fact, they’re the most loyal in the entire league.
A study designed for The Wall Street Journal by sports-reference.com, an Internet sports database, looked at NBA teams’ attendance for the past 10 seasons. It then weighed certain factors like city population, arena capacity, prior winning percentage and whether there are other, competing teams in the same market. By those measures, Clippers fans are the most devoted, while Golden State Warriors fans are in second place. Presumably those teams get extra credit for continuing to post relatively strong attendance figures while sporting a combined winning percentage of .399 since the 2000-01 season.