SBD/December 21, 2011/2011 Year in Review

NBA, NFL Lead U.S Leagues On Twitter, Facebook; Lakers, Celtics Rank As Top Teams

The NBA and NFL are the top U.S. sports leagues in terms of social media followers (Facebook + Twitter) as '11 comes to a close, while the Lakers, Celtics and Yankees top the list of teams. Compared to April '11, MLS saw the biggest gains among the major pro leagues, up 74.9%. In terms of percentage gains for clubs since April, the NBA-champion Mavericks and Hornets saw the biggest gains, up well over 300% during that period. Listed below are the top five teams ranked by number of social media followers through Dec. 13, along with figures for respective leagues (THE DAILY).

MOST SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS AMONG
MAJOR U.S. LEAGUES, TEAMS THROUGH DEC. 13
 
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
TOTAL
% CHANGE
(APRIL-DECEMBER)
MLB
821,964
1,607,556
2,429,520
60.7%
Yankees
4,839,185
490,510
5,329,695
36.1%
Red Sox
3,181,666
170,334
3,352,000
41.6%
Phillies
1,112,991
661,442
1,774,433
21.9%
Cubs
1,472,738
73,786
1,546,524
30.5%
Giants
1,240,172
206,692
1,446,864
40.6%
NBA
10,863,668
3,267,003
14,130,671
34.9%
Lakers
11,053,031
2,213,583
13,266,614
43.3%
Celtics
5,652,995
254,827
5,907,822
50.1%
Heat
4,372,474
308,961
4,681,435
121.5%
Bulls
4,075,524
212,204
4,287,728
130.6%
Magic
1,118,110
1,052,131
2,170,241
21.4%
NFL
4,179,434
2,556,768
6,736,202
36.3%
Cowboys
4,094,761
237,159
4,331,920
68.0%
Steelers
3,712,505
226,128
3,938,633
77.3%
Patriots
2,730,888
208,933
2,939,821
50.0%
Packers
2,407,788
189,918
2,597,706
71.2%
Saints
2,270,973
131,801
2,402,774
82.5%
NHL
1,965,801
807,230
2,773,031
38.4%
Red Wings
1,157,628
109,725
1,267,353
134.3%
Penguins
1,026,965
148,163
1,175,128
99.9%
Bruins
1,052,209
114,622
1,166,831
97.7%
Blackhawks
1,019,489
116,623
1,136,112
54.8%
Canadiens
921,655
209,321
1,130,976
51.6%
MLS
56,281
279,944
336,225
74.9%
Galaxy
72,065
276,503
348,568
280.6%
Sounders
33,329
233,352
266,681
39.6%
Red Bulls
29,229
132,845
162,074
80.4%
Union
22,650
88,257
110,907
49.3%
Fire
20,412
81,319
101,731
57.7%

 

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