The National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets may share MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., but there is no love lost between the co-tenants or their fans. As the teams prepare to kick off their annual preseason battle Saturday night, the Facebook Data Science Team examined how the two squads and their supporters match up on the social network.
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Major League Baseball recently had its geographical rivalry week, where teams played interleague series against their closest foes. The New York Yankees took on the New York Mets, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim battled it out, as did the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. We know how the teams did on the field, but who won the rivalry battles on Facebook? We dug through PageData numbers to find out.
While most baseball fans either love or hate the New York Yankees, the team is growing in Facebook popularity. Already the most-liked baseball team on Facebook, the Yankees have added the most likes this past week of any Major League Baseball team, and by a wide margin. The team that has gained the second-most likes this week is the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by the Boston Red Sox, and the Atlanta Braves.
The Major League Baseball team atop PageData‘s people talking about this leader board happens to be at the bottom of its division. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who are in last place in the National League West, are the most-talked-about team on Facebook right now, with an increase in 79,737 people discussing the club this week. In second place are divisional rivals the San Francisco Giants.
While gambling may fall afoul of Facebook’s platform policies, applications promoting gambling on sporting events for virtual currency are apparently acceptable to the social network., with soccer gambling app 90Live launching earlier this week, followed closely by BettingSTAR, which adds Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association to its offerings, along with European soccer.