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Premier League vs NFL on social media

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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FOOTBALL VERSUS FOOTBALL

Which League Scores with Fans on Social Media?

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.

Battle of the Leagues

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

 

Fans Rally for Their Squads on Social Media

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.


Battle of the Top Squads

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

NFL TEAM

Twitter Followers

New York Jets

430,100

New England Patriots

386,400

Pittsburgh Steelers

352,100

PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM

Twitter Followers

Arsenal

1,699,100

Chelsea

1,268,200

Liverpool

1,095,100

           
Top Teams on Facebook

NFL TEAM

Facebook Fans

Dallas Cowboys

5,033,200

Pittsburgh Steelers

4,650,300

New England Patriots

3,731,600

PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM

Facebook Fans

Manchester United

26,943,700

Chelsea

11,791,100

Arsenal

11,130,600

 

SOURCES: TWITTER.COM, FACEBOOK.COM, PREMIERLEAGUE.COM, NFL.COM


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