Online study ranks Chicago Bulls second happiest NBA fans
In a recent study conducted by the online betting community organization Online Betting Guide (OLBG), Chicago Bulls fans are somewhat shockingly ranked as the second happiest fan base according to OLBG Happy Fan Index 2022.
Not only were Bulls fans ranked as the second happiest fanbase in the NBA, they also came in second in every major American sports league. Only Memphis Grizzlies fans finished ahead of Chicago on the index.
Given that the NBA generated far more online interactions than the other four major sports leagues, it’s no surprise to see four of the top five teams come from the NBA. It is surprising, however, to see the Bulls ranked so high.
A study by the online betting community OLBG surprisingly concluded that the Chicago Bulls have the second happiest fan base in the entire NBA.
This ranking was almost certainly influenced by the Bulls’ decision to revamp the front office and hand over the reins to a much more forward-thinking front office duo, Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley. As a result, the Bulls generated a lot of hype with their offseason acquisitions of DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso.
These moves brought their fair share of early controversy, including with DeRozan’s infamous name. “the worst blow of the offseason” by ESPN. Obviously, knowing what we know, it was a hilarious misstep on their part and this trio of players all ended up playing extremely well in their first season in Chicago.
The addition of Ayo Dosunmu was also expected to be a fan favorite, as the University of Illinois homegrown product helped make an immediate difference with the Bulls. It was really difficult not to cheer on the Bulls this year, at least until injuries and COVID-19 decimate the roster.
More importantly, I think the fact that the Chicago Bulls were just winning games was enough to please most fans. The team has won the most games since 2015, easing the pain of several lost “rebuilding” seasons under GarPax.
For the first time ever, the Bulls looked like real contenders as they entered 2022 with the best record in the Eastern Conference. I believe the hype reached a boiling point after DeMar’s back-to-back winners on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day; it’s hard to recall such an exciting time being a Bulls fan since Derrick Rose’s tenure with the team.
As everyone knows, Chicago faltered late in the season and stumbled to a first-round playoff loss at the hands of defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. For that reason, it may come as a surprise to see the Bulls ranked second on this list.
It’s important not to let a sour ending spoil what was otherwise one of the most exciting seasons in franchise history since the departure of Michael Jordan. That being said, now that a precedent has been set, the team has some work to do if they are to continue improving and pleasing a devoted fan base that has long lacked a Finals appearance in the League. NBA.