2012 Ranking Facebook Likes for MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLS

All Major League Baseball teams use the same, league controlled platform for their Web sites. One of the features of the MLB template is a module at the bottom for social media. The Facebook tab has the number of people who “Like” that team. Seeing the great disparity between my two favorite teams, the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees, I wondered how the Nats fared overall. So, I wound up putting together a list in a spreadsheet. The Nats, the newest team in the majors, came in last with 130,000 Likes or so. The Yankees came in first with over 5,000,000 Likes.

Then I started wondering how the Nats fared against other D.C. teams and ultimately, I compiled a list of Facebook Likes for MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLS.

My “methodology” was just visiting team Web sites and grabbing the number of likes or going to the actual Facebook team pages for that information, then putting it into a spreadsheet. I sorted the spreadsheet, saved it to Web, copied out the import code from those
files and put that code into a blog post.

I’m not drawing too many conclusions from this survey and anybody who is bragging about how many Likes there favorite team has would probably put up an “Attendance Champions” banner in their teams home venue.


MLB on Facebook: Nationals least liked team
NFL on Facebook: Redskins 18th most liked team
NHL on Facebook: Capitals 10th most liked team
NBA on Facebook: Wizards second least popular team
MLS on Facebook: DC United 10th most liked team


I clicked “Like” for the following teams Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals, Washington Redskins, Washington Wizards, DC United and the New York Yankees.

Once again, rooting for the Yankees and Nats means a best and worst scenario. Um, yay baseball bigamy?

At least three people I know “Liked” at least 3 MLB teams. I saw Nats, Reds, Indians on at least two occasions, plus someone went with Nats, Yankees and Orioles which seemed like a real conflict of interest.

Overall, the Los Angeles Lakes have the most Facebook Likes of any North American team with over 12,000,000, more than twice their nearest competitor, the Boston Celtics.

Canadian hockey teams did not have as many Likes as I would have thought.

Oh and there is William World News on Facebook too.

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