When it comes to sports in the USA, NFL is king. The NFL has the biggest commercial deals, it’s the biggest league by revenue and has the most valuable franchises compared to the NBA, MLB, NHL. The season is finished every year with the Super Bowl which is one on the 5 biggest annual sort events globally.
There are a number of ways on how to determine the most popular teams, you can look at google search results, TV rights deals, commercial contracts or social media following. Social media is also a great barometer of popularity in the this modern era. And if you go purely on social media, the most followed team in America is actually an NBA team – The LA Lakers are number one with over 40 million followers.
1. New England Patriots
The Patriots have really dominated the NFL since 2001, with 6 Super Bowl titles (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The have been in 11 Super Bowls with 5 losses, which puts them way out in front as the most successful NFL team in the Super Bowl era. They are one of only 2 NFL teams on this list.
The Patriots were an incredible team, which is why they ranked a close second. However, they dont have Tom Brady anymore, and that can massively lower their popularity ranking by the end of the season. The super successful Patriots have over 16 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
2. Dallas Cowboys
With a valuation of $5.5 billion, the Cowboys are the most valuable sports team on the planet right now. The have also made the Super Bowl 8 times and won it 5 times (1971, 1977, 1992, 1993 and 1995) 95 was their last appearance. The Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones are a big deal in the America and have nearly 20 million followers on social media.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
They may not have had much success over the recent years but the Steelers have a great Super Bowl History with 8 €“ 6 champions in 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005 and 2008. They were twice runner up in 2005 and 2010. They have 23 division championships and 31 playoff appearances, most recently in 2017. This great history has earned the Steelers an army of loyal fans and over 12 million followers on social media.
4. Green Bay Packers
The Packers are an iconicWisconsin team with a great Suer Bowl record – 5 appearances, 4 wins (1966, 1967, 1996, 2010) One loss and 32 playoff appearances. They have over 10 million followers on social media. The Packers are the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1919. Interestingly, the team is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States.
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