The Wall Street Journal took a look at the sports teams with the most and least amount of followers, and the New England Patriots took the lead for the most Twitter followers on the NFL side of things with 556,859. Not far behind the Patriots were the New York Jets, who checked in at second on the list. Rounding out the top five were the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers respectively.
There are only two teams that currently have under 100,000 followers, and both teams have significantly less than that total. The Jacksonville Jaguars have just under 70,000, while the Arizona Cardinals aren’t even within 5,000 followers of the 50,000 mark. That’s a little bit surprising to me, and it sounds like the folks in Arizona need to do a better job of marketing their team on Twitter.
Looking at the rest of the division, the Miami Dolphins finished in the middle-of-the-pack sandwiched in between the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins. The Buffalo Bills, on the other hand, have the lowest number of followers in the AFC East at about 140,000, which places them near the bottom of the list overall below the Indianapolis Colts and ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The New York Yankees are clearly out in front in the MLB table, with the Boston Red Sox in fourth behind the Philadelphia Phillies and World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
The Los Angeles Lakers are the kings of the NBA with nearly three million followers, while the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat are in second and third with over a million. It sounds like Floridians sure love their hoops. As for the Boston Celtics, they are nearing the one million mark and are in fourth. The Boston Bruins are also fourth among Twitter followers in their sport, as they find themselves behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. First? The rival Montreal Canadiens.
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