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How ESPN’s Top-10 Franchises Compare Across Social Media

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For the 10th year in a row, ESPN released its Ultimate Standings of 2012, a comprehensive list ranking all 122 teams within the four major U.S. sports. Eight major categories were used to evaluate each team, which were based on fan-feedback about what they wanted most from their favorite teams. A few of the main categories included coaching, affordability, ownership, and fan relations.

At Sports Networker, we examined the top-10 franchises and compared them across the social media networks of Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. You might be a little surprised at the results.

Below are a few noteworthy social media facts from ESPN’s top-10 franchises of 2012.

  • The NBA led the four major sports in number of teams represented in the top 10 with 4.
  • No franchise from Boston or New York made up the elite teams.
  • The Green Bay Packers had the most Facebook ‘Likes’ of any franchise.
  • Despite being the 8th top franchise, the New Orleans Saints have the third most Twitter followers at 235,447.
  • Only 3 of the top-10 teams have an Official Youtube Channel.

Facebook, Twitter & YouTube: The Social Media Debate

1. Oklahoma City Thunder


Twitter — 310,073 Followers

Facebook — 1,527,889 ‘Likes’

YouTube — 352 Subscribers

2. Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers

Twitter  — 304,660 Followers

Facebook — 3,287,655 ‘Likes’

3. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs Twitter — 193,742 Followers

Facebook — 1,354,273 ‘Likes’

YouTube — 2,967 Subscribers

4. Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers Twitter — 98,131 Followers

Facebook — 193,399 ‘Likes’

YouTube — 674 Subscribers

5. Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies Twitter  — 95,956 Followers

Facebook — 183,039 ‘Likes’

6. Phoenix Coyotes

Phoenix Coyotes Twitter — 55, 458 Followers

Facebook — 107, 351 ‘Likes’


7. Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay LightningTwitter — 77,279 Followers

Facebook — 257,507 ‘Likes’

8. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints

Twitter — 235,447 Followers

Facebook — 2,851,806  ‘Likes’

9. Texas Rangers

Texas RangersTwitter — 202,258 Followers

Facebook — 1,390,353 ‘Likes’

10. Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks

Twitter — 53,983 Followers

Facebook — 271,620 ‘Likes’


Did you you agree with ESPN’s rankings? Did we miss something in our top-10 list? Leave us a comment below or tweet us @sportsnetworker. 

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3 Responses to How ESPN’s Top-10 Franchises Compare Across Social Media

  1. Dare2Tri September 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    @lynnwitt @tblightning Shows what can happen when there is phenomenal progressive leadership from the top down! #ProudToBeTheThunder

  2. lynnwitt September 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    @Dare2Tri and with great fans like yourself!

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