The American version of football is quite different from the UK's, but which has a bigger following on social media? We take a look at how the Premier League and National Football League stack up when it comes to their online fans.
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The American version of football is quite different from the beautiful game, but which has a bigger following on social media? With two of the world’s top leagues beginning their 2012 seasons soon, we decided to see how the Barclays Premier League and National Football League stack up when it comes to their following on social media.
All data represents rounded values as at 10 August 2012.
More fans of American football follow and like the NFL’s league pages on social media compared to “beautiful game” fans who support the Premier League’s social pages.
League vs. League on Twitter
Barclays Premier League 315,300 Twitter Followers
National Football League 3,712,100 Twitter Followers
League vs. League on Facebook
Barclays Premier League 1,679,400 Facebook Likes
National Football League 6,093,500 Facebook Likes
More NFL supporters take to Twitter, while Premier League fans flock to Facebook.
But for average fans per team, Premier League comes out on top for both sites.
Total League Fans (Cumulative League Page + Total Team Pages)
Barclays Premier League 5,687,900 Twitter Followers
National Football League 9,089,300 Twitter Followers
Barclays Premier League 68,244,700 Facebook Likes
National Football League 53,608,000 Facebook Likes
Average Fans per Team*
Barclays Premier League 282,800 Twitter Followers per Team
National Football League 168,000 Twitter Followers per Team
Barclays Premier League 3,328,300 Facebook Likes per Team
National Football League 1,484,800 Facebook Likes per Team
*Premier League includes the 20 teams of the 2012-13 season. National Football League includes 33 teams.
The top Premier League teams dominate on social media, with numbers of fans and followers 3 to 5 times greater than those of the top NFL teams.
Top Teams on Twitter
New York Jets
New England Patriots
PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM
Top Teams on Facebook
New England Patriots
SOURCES: TWITTER.COM, FACEBOOK.COM, PREMIERLEAGUE.COM, NFL.COM
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