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Wings Rank #1 In Social Media According To Emory University Study

from Emory Sports Marketing Analytics,

The number one team in our social media ranking is the Detroit Red Wings.  This is not a surprise, as the common wisdom is that the Red Wings are the number one team in Detroit (at least according to Professor Lewis’ sister in law).  The Red Wings have great social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter.  In positions 2 through 5 we have the Bruins, Devils, Flyers and Avalanche.  These are all big time fan bases with the exception of the Avalanche (actually we are not sure about the Devils but there was an episode of Seinfeld involving face painters so we assume Devils’ fans are indeed very passionate).

The Avalanche is where the story gets interesting.  While the Avalanche rank only 21st in the league in Twitter followers and 12th in terms of Facebook likes, they have achieved these results in a relatively small market, while often struggling on the ice (16-25 last year).  Our model suggests that Denver is potentially a strong hockey market.


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Don Cherry, CBC, HNIC and Hockeyville all demand a recount. lol

Posted by beelza on 09/19/13 at 11:07 AM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Obviously I’m going to have to defend the Senators honor as it relates to these studies.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 09/19/13 at 01:16 PM ET

Primis's avatar

This is not a surprise, as the common wisdom is that the Red Wings are the number one team in Detroit (at least according to Professor Lewis’ sister in law).

And apparently according to actual scientific-ish surveys and studies as well.  I remember well the Red Wings being the ONLY NHL team considered tops in their market for the entire US in the last one I read.  Deadspin loves to link to those kind of things, and a few months ago I think was the last one I saw.

Posted by Primis on 09/19/13 at 01:45 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

What these academics do not realize or measure is that the 19 of us have the best blogs in the NHL:  Kuklas’ Korner, Abel to Yzerman & The Malik Report.


Posted by w2j2 on 09/19/13 at 02:35 PM ET

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