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Study finds Chiefs fans are partial to Justin Timberlake’s music

Justin Timberlake performed at the Sprint Center in July.
Justin Timberlake performed at the Sprint Center in July. The Kansas City Star

Is Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie the prototypical Chiefs fan?

Actually, I don’t know for sure if Guthrie roots for the Chiefs, but his admiration for Justin Timberlake is well known.

According to research by StubHub, fans who bought Chiefs tickets on a secondary market also purchased tickets to see Timberlake more than any other musical artist.

StubHub said it reviewed purchases made for events from 2012-15. It found people who bought an NFL ticket for a particular team, then looked into what concert purchase he/she also made (if any). From there, it was simple addition to see which artist was the best seller.

In the case of the Chiefs, that was Timberlake.

How’d fans in the rest of AFC West stack up?

Broncos fans like Katy Perry, while the Chargers and Raiders are Beyonce fans.

StubHub classified Beyonce’s tour with Jay-Z this year under just Beyonce.

Here’s the entire breakdown by artist (from StubHub):

Beyonce (6): Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington

Luke Bryan (6): Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Billy Joel (4): Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles

Jason Aldean (3): Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams

George Strait (3): Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans

Justin Timberlake (3): Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks

Lollapalooza: Chicago Bears

Garth Brooks: Jacksonville Jaguars

Eminem: Detroit Lions

Paul McCartney: Minnesota Vikings

One Direction: New England Patriots

Katy Perry: Denver Broncos

Zac Brown Band: Cleveland Browns

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