The New England Patriots received their five-millionth Facebook like today, which got me wondering – what exactly does that mean? Is it good? Where does that number of likes fit in amongst other NFL teams – or MLB, NBA and NHL teams, for that matter?
But the world of Facebook likes is ruled at the top by basketball, you see. Four NBA teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics – swipe the most likes of all. The Lakers have four times as many likes as the Patriots, in fact – over 20 million.
Why is that? Is it because the NBA’s fanbase is more social-media connected or savvy? Is it because NBA basketball has a greater global reach than any of the four North American sports? Everybody plays b-ball.
NFL football, though, is just huge and it’s spread out. The game is at its peak of popularity – and still peaking, yet. Eight NBA teams make the top 20 most Facebook-liked American sports teams, but 10 NFL teams make it, including seven in the bottom half.
Hockey? Not one. The Chicago Blackhawks make the NHL’s first appearance in 30th with 2.13M likes.
Click on the team’s link below to visit its official Facebook page. Numbers are rounded and as of the date of this post.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Los Angeles Lakers||20.09M||NBA Basketball|
|2.||Chicago Bulls||14.51M||NBA Basketball|
|3.||Miami Heat||13.46M||NBA Basketball|
|4.||Boston Celtics||8.29M||NBA Basketball|
|5.||New York Yankees||7.60M||MLB Baseball|
|6.||Dallas Cowboys||6.71M||NFL Football|
|7.||Pittsburgh Steelers||5.61M||NFL Football|
|8.||New York Knicks||5.12M||NBA Basketball|
|9.||New England Patriots||5.00M||NFL Football|
|10.||Boston Red Sox||4.67M||MLB Baseball|
|11.||Oklahoma City Thunder||4.39M||NBA Basketball|
|12.||Green Bay Packers||4.22M||NFL Football|
|13.||San Antonio Spurs||3.82M||NBA Basketball|
|14.||New Orleans Saints||3.71M||NFL Football|
|15.||Chicago Bears||3.60M||NFL Football|
|16.||Dallas Mavericks||3.50M||NBA Basketball|
|17.||New York Giants||3.35M||NFL Football|
|18.||San Francisco 49ers||3.23M||NFL Football|
|19.||Denver Broncos||2.92M||NFL Football|
|20.||Philadelphia Eagles||2.61M||NFL Football|