The NFL season is well underway, with fans enjoying the unrelenting action-packed drama and excitement every game week continues to offer. But which stadium-bound supporters are the most (and least) likely to leave a game early – and what are the most common reasons?
Surveying 1,250 football fans across the US of all ages and genders, Betway sought to reveal which franchises are perceived to have the earliest leavers. Based on the findings:
- The Miami Dolphins rank 14th for the league’s earliest leavers with 8% fans leaving a game while avoiding traffic is the most common reason at 55%
- The Chicago Bears have the league’s earliest leavers, with 17% of football fans identifying Bears supporters as the most likely to dash for the exit doors before the final whistle.
- Following in 2nd were the New York Jets (16%), followed by local rivals, the New York Giants (15%)
The NFL teams with the most fans leaving games early are as follows:
|Rank||Team||Percentage (%)||No. of votes|
|2||New York Jets||16%||200|
|3||New York Giants||15%||183|
|9||Los Angeles Rams||9%||116|
|10||Los Angeles Chargers||9%||113|
|11||Las Vegas Raiders||9%||109|
|16||New England Patriots||7%||88|
|21||San Francisco 49ers||6%||74|
|22||Green Bay Packers||6%||72|
|25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5%||65|
|29||New Orleans Saints||5%||60|
|32||Kansas City Chiefs||4%||47|
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Why do fans leave early?
There are several variables that determine why a fan leaves before the final whistle. But which are the most common and frequent among supporters of the NFL?
Naturally, the most common reason for leaving a game early was to avoid traffic (55%), though exiting because of a blowout score trailed by only four fewer votes.
Meanwhile, other reasons include beating the rush (47%), poor weather conditions (45%), a lack of excitement (28%), and partaking in a protest (10%).
The most common reasons for leaving an NFL match early are as follows:
|Reasons for leaving early||Percentage (%)||No. of votes|
|Blowout score – the other team is dominating by a significant margin||54%||255|
|Beating the rush||47%||223|
|Poor weather conditions||45%||210|
|Game lacks excitement||28%||132|
|Leaving in protest||10%||48|