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The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

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?

Ninth overall…and third amongst football teams. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have more.

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.

Baseball? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox squeeze in there at fifth and tenth, respectively.

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.

TEAM FACEBOOK LIKES LEAGUE/SPORT
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

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Baseball Team Valuations (2014)

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Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and the Highest Team Payrolls in Baseball (2014)

Nope. It’s not the New York Yankees. The Los Angeles Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball.

2014 RANK (CHANGE) 2013 RANK TEAM 2014 PAYROLL ($M) 2013 PAYROLL ($M)
DIFF. ($M)
1. (UP 1) 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 220,395,196 216,597,577 3,797,619
2. (DWN 1) 1 New York Yankees 203,445,586 228,835,490 -25,389,904
3. (SAME) 3 Philadelphia Phillies 170,760,689 165,385,714 5,374,975
4. (UP 1) 5 Detroit Tigers 148,414,500 148,414,500 0
5. (DWN 1) 4 Boston Red Sox 140,657,500 150,655,500 -9,998,000
6. (SAME) 6 San Francisco Giants 136,042,112 140,264,334 -4,222,222
7. (SAME) 7 Los Angeles Angels 127,896,250 127,896,250 0
8. (SAME) 8 Chicago White Sox 119,573,277 119,073,277 500,000
9. (SAME) 9 Toronto Blue Jays 117,035,100 117,527,800 -492,700
10. (UP 2) 12 Washington Nationals 114,194,270 114,056,769 137,501
11. (SAME) 11 Texas Rangers 112,939,500 114,090,100 -1,150,600
12. (UP 1) 13 Cincinnati Reds 109,401,962 107,491,305 1,910,657
13. (UP 1) 14 Chicago Cubs 107,646,476 104,304,676 3,341,800
14. (DWN 4) 10 St. Louis Cardinals 102,790,110 115,222,086 -12,431,976
15. (SAME) 15 Baltimore Orioles 90,993,333 90,993,333 0
16. (SAME) 16 Atlanta Braves 89,986,525 89,778,192 208,333
17. (SAME) 17 Arizona Diamondbacks 89,798,667 89,100,500 698,167
18. (SAME) 18 Milwaukee Brewers 88,837,366 82,976,944 5,860,422
19. (UP 1) 20 Pittsburgh Pirates 79,562,000 81,491,725 -1,929,725
20. (DWN 1) 19 Kansas City Royals 79,491,725 79,555,000 -63,275
21. (UP 1) 22 Minnesota Twins 75,802,500 75,802,500 0
22. (UP 1) 23 New York Mets 73,996,639 73,396,649 599,990
23. (DWN 2) 21 Cleveland Indians 73,724,300 77,772,800 -4,048,500
24. (SAME) 24 Seattle Mariners 73,499,643 72,031,143 1,468,500
25. (SAME) 25 Colorado Rockies 71,434,071 71,924,071 -490,000
26. (SAME) 26 San Diego Padres 66,022,900 67,143,600 -1,120,700
27. (SAME) 27 Oakland Athletics 60,372,500 60,664,500 -292,000
28. (SAME) 28 Tampa Bay Rays 57,505,272 57,895,272 -390,000
29. (SAME) 29 Miami Marlins 35,720,400 36,341,900 -621,500
30. (SAME) 30 Houston Astros 21,133,500 22,062,600 -929,100
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