What sports fan are you?
Are you a casual fan? A fan of good weather? And crazy fan? Or do you read this and say “sports?” what is it?
No matter what type of fan you are, your geographical location can play a role in how much sports knowledge you possess.
At least that’s what the online gaming company USBets.com wanted to find out when they conducted a research project to determine which city in America had the smartest sports fans.
The company developed a method using Google analytics to determine which cities across the country had the “smartest” fans when it came to professional men’s sports.
The company analyzed all Google data back to June 2020. Using data from keywords, phrases, athletes, teams, and general knowledge questions, they were able to examine search queries for the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. They used this data to analyze 46 major cities using the search results in all 50 states.
Believe it or not, sports fans across the country use Google to find the answers to all kinds of sports questions. Analysis showed that these questions range from basic questions like “what is a quarterback?” to understandably, “who determines the strike zone in baseball?” or more difficult ones like “Which NFL team has won the most Super Bowls?”
So if you are a sports trivia savant, and want to test your knowledge among the best of the best, which city should you travel to?
After the data was collected and analyzed, it was determined that New York City had the smartest sports fans out of any other city in the United States. Home to 11 different men’s professional sports franchises, the Big Apple has a deep sports history.
According to the data, New Yorkers search Google for the minimum number of sports-related questions per month. Per 100,000 questions asked on Google, only 243 are sports-related. Does it mean? New York sports fans know their stuff and do not have to ask Google for all the answers.
Not far behind was Los Angeles. Angelinos was ranked number two according to the data of the smartest sports fans in the country. LA has 10 professional men’s sports franchises and only needed to ask sports-related questions on Google 422 times per year. 100,000 questions asked. (We blame the transplants).
The number one question searched throughout Los Angeles was: “How many innings are there in baseball?”
Rounding out the Top 3 was Chicago. According to the data, Chicagoans should ask Google about the answers to sports-related questions only 577 times per year. 100,000 searches.
In addition to the overall sports knowledge, USBets.com has also analyzed Google data to determine which specific sports fans knew the most about.
Believe it or not, America’s pastime, baseball, was the most popular sport of common knowledge searched on Google. Baseball-related questions were the most popular on Google in 32 states. Second were football-related issues, which were the most popular in 12 different states.
Another interesting treat from the data was the individual athletes who were most searched. Despite his seven Super Bowl rings, five Super Bowl MVP awards and 10 Super Bowl appearances in total, Tom Brady was the most searched athlete on Google. In fact, common questions like “Who is Tom Brady” were the most sought after questions in four states: Delaware, Alaska, Idaho and Wyoming.
Brady’s successor in New England, Cam Newton, was another much sought after athlete. Newton was the most pop athlete sought in five states since being cut by the New England Patriots in early September. Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire and Rhode Island all searched for answers about Newton.
So the answer to the question we asked earlier?
If you want to win your trivia night, just call a friend in New York or LA and it’s going well.