Why do people support one team rather than another? Is it because their friends do, because the team is from their hometown, the family has supported the team forever or because they’re winning?
Well apparently while the core of supporters belong in the first three categories, winning is a factor because winning teams gather more support and presumably then lose it when they stop winning.
Ahh, the wonders of the digital age: 2 studies have just come out using data based on Facebook ‘Likes’ which tell us which are the most popular sporting teams in NYC, and the rest of the US if you want to read the report.
The Yankees win by quite a bit with 1,096,400 likes, the Giants next with 694,200 likes and the Knicks round out the top three with 670,880.
The final 2 teams in the top 5 are the Jets with 425,740 and the Mets with 353,580 If you want to see the report and the numbers by borough go to the NYPost.
Interestingly the Nets, whose support figures fell below the top 5 teams, have been picking up new support at a great rate since the Barclay Center opened.LIKE your favorite NYC team.