The Flyers are a Top-5 Most Popular Hockey Team, Have the Cheapest Tickets

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Using data, because that’s what he does, Nate Silver tried to break down the size of hockey fanbases. And he used the simplest of sources. “It turns out that there’s a strong relationship between Google searches and an NHL team’s bottom line,” Silver wrote. “How often fans are Googling the term “NHL” in a metro area reliably predicts how much they’re spending on hockey tickets.” As you can see in the chart above, Silver ranks the Flyers as having the 5th largest fanbase in the NHL, and they have the 4th highest average attendance. Yet, they’re the only team with a top-10 popularity rating whose fans didn’t spend over $100 million on tickets this year. Why? Because they were cheap.

To figure out average price, Silver “estimated [the cost] based on a 50/50 blend of face-value and resale-market prices.” That resale market could be why the Flyers’ tickets averaged $101, a whole $37 per-ticket behind the next cheapest in the top-10 (Pittsburgh). The Flyers may have had a (very) disappointing year, but a large fanbase, relatively cheap tickets, and a consistently packed house are things you can still hold over everyone’s heads. Except Toronto, but that’s unfair.

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32 Comments

  • Koy Detmer April 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Think that headline needs some adjusting.

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    • ... April 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Flyers rank within Top 5 most popular in NHL, have cheapest tickets

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      • Leah Rahimi's Deviated Septum April 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm

        Being the 5th most popular team in the NHL is like being the 5th most popular tranny hooker on Sansom st. Very few people care, and the other 99% couldn’t be bothered at all.

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  • RIP VAN WINKLE April 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Wake me up when the Flyers win another cup,but until that happens,it’s back to rem sleep for me.

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  • Mitchie Tools Fan April 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Nothing on the roast?

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    • Momma April 24, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      Get outta the basement and go do something already. Leave that Kyle Scott alone.

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  • Mikey Miss April 24, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    What’s this hockey you speak of?

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  • That Finklestein Sh*t Kid April 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    The city as a whole is poor, not cheap.

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  • Sarah Baikers self promotion April 24, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    How long until Sarah Baiker trolls more CB comments section in a blatant attempt to self promote herself. She makes Glen Macnow look like an amateur self promoter with his stupid food hunts so he can eat a shit load of Guy food and not have to dig into his Cobb web laden pockets. Seriously Sarah we get you think you are celebrity. Enough with the shameless self promotion on social media and the comments section. Let us just rip you and leave us alone. Bye bye.

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    • Women Cocaine & Strippers April 24, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      Who the fuck is Sarah Baker and why the fuck are you so worried about her opinion mr grown virgin?

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      • Jillian Mele's Tit Freckles April 25, 2015 at 1:21 pm

        She’s the ugly girl on Boredom on Broad. I’m the cute one, as long as the camera doesn’t come in too close and capture the above.

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        • Chuck from Drexel Hill April 25, 2015 at 11:07 pm

          AWAITING MODERATION
          Can tell she knows zero about sports & She looks like a c*nt . Booooooo

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    • Department of redundancy Department April 25, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Just self promoting myself.

      You mad?

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    • Levi from Overbrook Park April 25, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Leave that girl alone

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  • Hexy April 25, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Man, if they ever wake Mister Snider from that medically-induced coma I requested so I could rebuild this shitshow piece by piece instead of doing it his way – overspending for slow, aging big names and failing – he is gonna jack up the price of tickets…

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    • @MtAiryPhil aka Philip Allen on twitter April 25, 2015 at 7:01 am

      Agreed 610-632-0975 610-632-0975 join me and Barrett Brooks(8am-12pm) as we talk endless endless hours of Marcus Mariota,and how Chip Kelly gutting the roster means nothing when we’ll be getting in Marcus Mariota the greatest quarterback prospect since John Elway.610-632-0975 610-632-0975 phone lines are wide open on 97.5 the fanatic.

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  • proud conservative April 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    When’s the commemorative 40th anniversary of the last Stanley Cup championship parade happening? I’m waiting to see that old goofy sign man holding a sign saying “Not Even God Can Save This Team.”

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    • Gay Jeffy Sux Cox April 25, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      One of the few things I got right when I opened the linc was I got rid of that chode.

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      • ... April 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm

        Different sign guy. Flyers’ guy is getting up there in age, but he’s still around, albeit a bit more infrequently.

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  • Kikey Kikeberger April 26, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Kiko Alonso talks like a recovering kenzo heroin addict, therefore this city will fall in love with him

    I believe english is his second language, but he sounds like he has an I.Q. south of 70

    what crafty t-shirt will Kyle create about him?

    I’ve also come to terms with the fact that the Eagles will move up to NO. 2 and get Mariota

    Now i have to wipe my ass

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    • Robert April 26, 2015 at 6:15 am

      Take your time. Being out in public probably doesn’t work out too well for you.

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    • Howie Rosenrosen April 26, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Kikey! Haven’t seen you since that AEPI party where we gangbanged Fawn Leibowitz!

      Reply
  • Kenny Junod April 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    When the fuck is crossingbroad’s mock draft going get posted???????

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    • Kill yourself April 27, 2015 at 7:11 am

      If you’re actually curious about what these two jokers think of the NFL draft, unless your purpose is so you can make fun of it.

      Reply
  • McCarthy and Schmidt on Sunday baseball April 26, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Ponderous man, fucking ponderous.

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  • Phil please return to the afternoon shift April 26, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    The station must send Brian packing. Don’t know how he got a job in radio.

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    • Ummm, No April 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      The only afternoon shit Phil should return to is the one at the Mt. Airy Sunoco.

      Reply
  • Lucy Noland Has Enormous Jugs April 26, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Just thought it was worth pointing out.

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    • Jillian Mele's Tit Freckles April 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      And freckle-free!

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      • freckles April 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

        haah love this dude

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    • Jackie London's Big Mogambos April 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Mine are bigger.

      Reply
  • alarm clock April 27, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Jim and kyles do not work….

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