A new year means new seasons for your favorite sports teams, but before we move forward, let’s look back and see which franchises had the most dedicated fan bases in 2017. We ran the numbers and then compiled a list of the Top 3 Best-Selling Teams (according to merchandise sales) from each league. There were a few that we expected to see on this list, but a couple of the others on here may surprise you. So which teams made the list? Make your guesses, then scroll down to see how many you guessed right.
Although they are the World Series champs, the Houston Astros didn’t break into the Top 3. Let’s see who did.
1. New York Yankees
We definitely weren’t surprised by the Yankees taking the top spot. Not only is their look a fashion staple worn by heavyweight pop-culture icons (looking at you Jay-Z), they are also historically one of the most successful teams of all time. The Yankees have resided in our top spot for years. For a team that hasn’t made an appearance in the World Series since 2009, that’s pretty impressive.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
From the East Coast to the West Coast, the LA Dodgers take our #2 spot. The Dodgers had an impressive 2017 season and even though they didn’t take the title, it was still exciting to see them make their first World Series appearance in 29 years. Their large fan base is hoping 2018 treats them just as well.
3. Chicago Cubs
Rounding out our Top 3 list are the Chicago Cubs. After the 108 year wait, Cubs fans are still riding high after their 2016 World Series victory, and we don’t blame them. Do the Cubs have what it takes to make it into the World Series again for 2018?
Not many surprises in that MLB list, but does that hold true for the NBA? Hint, the current champs didn’t make the #1 spot.
1. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have not won a NBA Championship since 1998, but do take our #1 spot for 2017. Seems like the dedicated MJ fans haven’t wavered! The Midwest fans certainly know how to support their teams!
2. Golden State Warriors
We aren’t surprised the Warriors made it in this list. The 2017 champs were the first team in NBA playoff history to start 12–0 and also went 146 games without losing back-to-back (an NBA record).
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs take the #3 spot in this list. They have also had an impressive past couple of seasons. With King James closing in on 30,000 career points, and the Cavs eyeing a possible 4th straight trip to the finals, they’re poised to stay in our Top 3 in 2018.
Make your guesses football fans! Will your team make our Top 3?
1. Dallas Cowboys
No surprise here that the Cowboys take the top spot for 2017. They are America’s team after all! Even though they haven’t had a Super Bowl title since 1995, the dedicated fans keep showing the love by buying their gear!
2. New England Patriots
The Dynasty of the past two decades take the #2 spot and nobody should be shocked. They have won 5 Super Bowls since 2001, and have been in 7 straight AFC conference championship games. Love them or hate them, winning sells hats!
3. Seattle Seahawks
With the loudest fans in the NFL, the Seahawks take our #3 spot. Season after season the Seahawks have #12 supporting them. They definitely belong in our Top 3.
Who will dominate the Top 3 for NHL? Hint, look north.
1. Edmonton Oilers
With Edmonton making their first playoff appearance since 2006, the Oilers have caught a lot of people’s attention.
2. Chicago Blackhawks
This is the 3rd Chicago team to make our Top 3 list! Chicago fans, you definitely know how to rep your teams right!
3. Toronto Maple Leafs
Our 3rd spot goes to another Canadian team, the Maple Leafs! Extremely loyal fans and routine arena sell outs secures the Leafs spot in our list.
Did any of the Top 3 teams shock or surprise you? 2017 was a good year for a lot of these teams and here’s to 2018 being even better! If you didn’t see your team on the list, you can help and snag some official fan gear at Lids!