Megafans are 15 percent of D.C. area population. They are the most avid sports fans. What separates them from other sports fans is their willingness to spend money on sports whether that is through buying team merchandise, video games, magazines and betting. The single most defining trait is their involvement in fantasy sports.

Defining characteristics

They like to follow sports news on the Internet. They've gone to several games in the past year and watch many hours of sports on TV each week. They are the most likely to say they care "a great deal" about the NFL and Major League Baseball, but they don't really love the Redskins or Wizards.

Who they are

Seven in 10 are male and 63 percent are white, higher than any other group. They are younger than most with 59 percent under age 40. They are more educated (63 percent with a college degree overall). They are the wealthiest group; 55 percent have household incomes of $100,000 or more.


  • Use the internet for the majority of their sports news
  • Are more likely to have bought a sports magazine, either in print or online
  • Are more likely to be men
  • Are more likely to be college graduates
  • Have higher incomes
  • Are more likely to be 18 to 39 years old
  • Are more likely to be white

About this quiz

The questions for this quiz come from a D.C. area sports poll conducted over the summer. The full questionnaire is available at The poll results show there are four main types of fans, with the questions in the quiz good predictors for these four groups — mega, hometown, social and drive-by fans. Some combinations of responses do not match well with any group. If you feel misaligned with a designated fan type that does not mean there is anything wrong with your answers, or the quiz. The quiz is for fun and your answer combinations are unique.

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