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Which American sports fans are the most intelligent?

Which American sports fans are the most intelligent?
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We all try to make claims about our own way of thinking, but which sports fans in the United States have proven to be the most intelligent?

There are very few sports fans or followers who do not hold particular opinions about a wide range of topics involving their respective teams, and it is those views and discussions which only add to the spectacle of enjoying their chosen sport. What one person may perceive to make complete sense will be ridiculed by another, but a healthy debate can only be deemed beneficial for all. However, what if there was a way where someone could determine which supporters of a particular sport or team were proven to be more intelligent than others. Of course, it is left open to be disputed by those not in favour, but How To Bet have taken the time to discover which people should be regarded as the most intelligent.

As you can see from the How To Bet Study, followers of WWE are said to possess the best IQ's. Followers of the main American sports will naturally question how people who have an interest in a discipline which is decided by storylines can outperform people who prefer the unpredictability of "real sport", but How To Bet's in-depth study has left the likes of American football, basketball and baseball further down the list than you may have anticipated.

With participants being tested on Verbal Intelligence, Mathematical Ability, Logical Reasoning and Visual Reasoning, it gives the impression that their interpretation of storylines stands them in good stead with regards to this study. However, How To Bet, a company who gives punters every chance of making a profit, have gone to far greater lengths to determine who prevails in many other areas.

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When participants signed up to the study, they were asked which teams or superstars they supported, and all of the data has been put together to determine which followers of a particular club or person are the most intelligent with an average IQ calculated from the 1,006 people which took part. While withholding our own judgment, we can say with confidence that you will not be able to predict the top 20 in the most intelligent and least intelligent tables, particular the average IQ's for the top two.

The survey is concluded with a battle of the sexes. Neither males or females have dominated each of the four areas, and the end results make for interesting reading. The survey allows you to make your own interpretations and links between the wide array of sections, most likely changing the views which you have held during your time following sport.

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