MOST INTELLIGENT
SPORTS FANS
Have you ever entered into debates with rival sports fan online or in real life and wondered how they get dressed in the morning?
Have you ever been frustrated that they can't comprehend basic facts, like a referees decision? If you've ever found yourself in
these situations and thought a team or sports fanbase was severly lacking braincells, this study should help. Working with
professional psychologists, Howtobet.com administered a remote IQ test to 1,006 US sports fans to determine the most and least intelligent
sports fans in the USA. These are the results.
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The data found that Wrestling fans were the smartest overall, with participants earning a
collective IQ score of 112.6.

Hockey fans came second, with a collective IQ score of 112.3, while NASCAR fans were found to be the least intelligent,
with an average IQ score of 95.2.

With high scores across Verbal Intelligence, Mathematical Ability, Logical Reasoning and Visual Reasoning, it would
appear that those fond of Wrestling (WWE) are an intelligent group of sports fans.
112.60
WWE
112.30
NHL
110.70
NBA
105.90
NFL
101.30
MLB
95.20
NASCAR
SPORT FANBASE
AVERAGE IQ SCORE
Verbal Intelligence
4
5
6
Mathematical ability
Logical Reasoning
Visual Reasoning
IQ
105.5
IQ
109.6
1
2
Verbal Intelligence
Mathematical ability
Logical Reasoning
Visual Reasoning
Male vs Female Sports Fans
Our analysis found that female sports fans had a higher IQ on average than their male counterparts, but across the four
sections of the intelligence test men and women were tied. Women did, however, vastly outperform men within
mathematical ability and logical reasoning.
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Most Vs. Least
Top 20 Most Intelligent Sports Fans
Top 20 Least Intelligent Sports Fans
To dig deeper into the intelligence analysis, we looked at average IQ scores for specific teams and individuals (where
one can’t support a team).

And in line with the findings grouped by sport fanbase intelligence, fans of the wrestler Roman Reigns were found to be
the most intelligent overall, with a very impressive IQ score of 126.4. For context, IQ scores over 116 are considered
above average.
Examining the data for specific teams reveals that fans of Joe Gibbs Racing are officially the least intelligent in the country,
with an average IQ of 78.2. This score is considered below average. Looking specifically within the NFL, it would appear
that fans of the New England Patriots are the least intelligent in the US, with an average IQ score of 85.1.

The least intelligent NBA fans were those who supported Miami Heat.
Methodology
Working with a team of professional psychologists, we administered a 4-part IQ test to 1,006
US sports fans, who supported at least one sport and team across: Football, Baseball, Hockey, Basketball,
Motor racing and Wrestling.

The questions were designed to measure four key indicators of intelligence. these were:

Verbal Intelligence – Reading, writing and comprehension tests to measure capacity
for learning and problem solving.

Mathematical Ability – Problem solving and arithmetic tests provide a good base for
general intelligence.

Logical Reasoning – Puzzle based questions designed to measure lateral thinking and
creativity.

Visual Reasoning – Visual based questions (such as spotting the odd one out and
finding identical images in a collection) to measure capacity to process visual material.

Before taking the remote test, participants were asked a series of demographic
identifiers which enabled us to calculate the results of this study.
Roman
Reigns
WWE
126.4
1
Daniel
Bryan
WWE
122.2
2
Boston
Bruins
NHL
120.3
3
Detroit Red
Wings
NHL
118.6
4
Houston
Texans
NFL
117.8
5
New York
Rangers
NHL
117.1
6
Randy
Orton
WWE
116.4
7
Chicago
Bulls
NBA
115.9
8
Boston
Celtics
NBA
115.3
9
Los Angeles
Lakers
NBA
114.6
10
Toronto Maple
Leafs
NHL
114.2
11
New York
Knicks
NBA
113.6
12
Dallas
Cowboys
NFL
112.7
13
Golden State
Warriors
NBA
110.3
14
Chicago
Blackhawks
NHL
110.1
15
Los Angeles
Clippers
NBA
109.8
16
Braun
Strowman
NFL
109.3
17
Green Bay
Packers
NFL
107.6
18
Pittsburgh
Steelers
NFL
105.9
19
Boston Red
Sox
MLB
106.2
20
TEAM/
ATHLETE
SPORT
IQ
LOGO
No.
Los Angeles
Dodgers
MLB
99.2
1
New York
Yankees
MLB
97.6
2
Team
Penske
NASCAR
96.4
3
Chicago White
Sox
MLB
95.4
5
Philadelphia
Phillies
MLB
94.7
6
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
NFL
94.3
7
New York
Mets
MLB
93.6
8
New York
Jets
NFL
93.2
9
San Francisco
49ers
NFL
91.6
10
Washington
Football Team
NFL
90.3
11
Miami
Dolphins
NFL
90.2
12
Los Angeles
Rams
NFL
87.9
13
Hendrick
Motorsports
NASCAR
86.3
14
Philadelphia
Eagles
NFL
86.2
15
New England
Patriots
NFL
85.1
16
Miami Heat
NBA
81.6
17
Richard
Childress
Racing
NASCAR
80.5
18
Front Row
Motorsports
NASCAR
79.3
19
Joe Gibbs
Racing
NASCAR
78.2
20
Houston
Astros
MLB
95.9
4
TEAM/
ATHLETE
SPORT
IQ
LOGO
No.