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.
SMARTEST SPORTS FANBASES
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
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.
AVERAGE IQ SCORE
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. Screen reader
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.
least intelligent NBA fans were those who supported Miami Heat.
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.
Ability – Problem solving and arithmetic tests provide a good base for general
Logical Reasoning – Puzzle based questions designed to measure lateral thinking
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
Before taking the remote test, participants were asked a series of
demographic identifiers which enabled us to calculate the results of this study.