When you hear the word groupie, many immediately think of the music world and the infamous female groupies that trailed rock stars around the world. Who doesn’t recognize the iconic image of Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous? However, in this day and age, athletes have attained a celebrity status that is comparable to even the biggest rock stars. There are countless teams that have an endless group of die hard fans who will attend as many games as possible and cheer loudly the entire time for their team.
Given that athletes are somewhat like celebrities, one might assume that their fans consist mainly of regular people – surprisingly, however, this is not the case. Many sports teams have celebrity fans who, while perhaps even more famous than the members of the team, completely geek out and obsess over their team.
Granted, celebrity sports groupies have a lot more options than regular fans, simply due to their celebrity status. First of all, they can easily afford tickets to any game – home or away – that they would like to see. It’s rare that a celebrity sports groupie is sitting anywhere besides the front row, and it’s not rare for them to get up close and personal with the athletes before or after the games. Many celebrity sports groupies are season ticket holders, a designation that often comes with a hefty price tag. Additionally, celebrities have the means to get a chunk of the pie, as many true sports groupies end up purchasing a stake in their beloved team. Regardless, you’ll see them in the front row, clad in their jerseys and rooting on their favorites.
Don’t confuse the celebrity sports groupies on this list with the paparazzi sports fans (meaning the celebrities who attend games and get photographed, but really appear to have no interest in the sport itself or any of the players). These 15 celebrity sports groupies are notoriously obsessed with their team of choice.
15 Jack Nicholson – Los Angeles Lakers
14 Dyan Cannon – Los Angeles Lakers
13 Will Ferrell – USC Trojans
12 Alyssa Milano – Baseball
11 Bill Murray – Chicago Cubs
10 Matthew McConaughey – University of Texas Longhorns
9 Maria Menounos – Boston Celtics
8 Ashley Judd – Kentucky Wildcats
7 Kevin James – Bas Rutten/MMA
6 Spike Lee – New York Knicks
5 Stephen King – Boston Red Sox
4 Eliza Dushku – Boston Celtics
3 Regis Philbin – Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2 Kendra Wilkinson/Baskett– San Diego Chargers
1 Drake – Toronto Raptors
Lately, rapper Drake has become synonymous with one sports team in particular – the Toronto Raptors. On a humorous note, many have examined pictures of Drake alongside his basketball superstar friends in which he looks like the very definition of a sports groupie. However, Drake has also been hugely influential at rebranding the Raptors. His role isn’t particularly clear – the Toronto Stars reports that his title encompasses host, business partner, and consultant, and the Raptors named him their global ambassador. What is clear is his impact – regardless of what many say about his credentials, he’s been doing a great job appealing to younger fans and transforming the Raptors from a brand perspective.
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