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Miami Dolphins Have Second-Worst Fan Base in NFL, According to New Rankings

There's no shortage of Dolphins fans piling into games.
There's no shortage of Dolphins fans piling into games. Photo by Ian Witlen
Miami Dolphins fans have seen some things in their day. For a fan old enough to remember the '70s teams, the Dolphins have swung both ways on the hierarchy pendulum of the NFL. For younger fans, their entire lives have been filled with disappointments, broken promises, and, as an annual tradition, false hope that comes every offseason.

One thing you can't say about Dolphins fans, however, is that they're bad. If the Miami Dolphins had a bad fan base, or even worse, a nonexistent one, the stadium wouldn't be as full as it is in non-COVID times and nobody would care about all the failures the franchise has seen over the past two-plus decades.

It appears the people over at Yardbarker, however, do not agree. The sports news site says Dolphins fans are the second worst in the NFL, barely edging out the Arizona Cardinals.

But the reasoning behind the ranking is rather odd. It's almost as if Yardbarker isn't blaming Miami for being bad at supporting the Dolphins because, well, it's Miami. Here's a snippet of what the author writes about the Dolphins' fan base:


"Should I go to the Dolphins game or go to the beach? Should I go to the Dolphins game or play golf? Should I go to the Dolphins game or kick back and eat some of the best food and drink some of the best drinks anywhere in the world?" That seems like a reasonable internal monologue for most Miami fans, who, despite the franchise's major success under Don Shula, and longstanding tradition, don't seem all that interested in the team.
First of all, thank you? While we appreciate Yardbarker acknowledging the very obvious, that Miami is an awesome place with fantastic entertainment options, it's a tired and old take to have about sports fans.

Every city has a plethora of things to do. Well, maybe not Buffalo, but you get the point. Miami is more of an event town than a sports town, but the thing about an NFL game is that it is, by definition, an event because it only happens ten times a year, at most.

There's no shortage of Dolphins fans piling into games. In 2019, Hard Rock Stadium was 95 percent full, on average. That's better than a stadium like Heinz Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers play,  and many believe the Steelers have some of the best fans in the NFL.

Another sure sign there are Dolphins fans who care? New quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had the best-selling jersey in the NFL for multiple weeks this season. Someone is buying those, and if you've seen the Dolphins' uniforms, you know it's not about fashion. These are fans spending their hard-earned money to rep their team.

We could go on all day, but we just felt the need to highlight how ridiculous this ranking is. Dolphins fans are a lot of things, but bad at supporting their long-irrelevant team isn't one of them. 
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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