Ranking Every Professional Sports Team by Twitter Followers – May 2018

Followers aren’t nearly the only metric that measures success in social media, and in fact probably shouldn’t be a telling analytic. Total followers are kind of like a pitcher’s wins in baseball — there are a LOT that factors into how many followers an organization has. This can include factors that are out of the digital team’s control, like the success of the team on the field.

However, it’s still interesting to speculate on what accounted for certain gains. Take for example the @Eagles. Philadelphia was the only team other than the @warriors to gain more than 500,000 followers since January 2 (our last ranking). Of course, the Eagles won Super Bowl LII but also had one of the best digital playoff campaigns of all time.

Another example is the @GoldenKnights who have been active for less than two years yet have more followers than five other teams who have had active accounts for nine or more years. Obviously the Golden Knights have made history by making it to the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season but they also have possibly the most engaging social presence on this entire list. #

 

 # Twitter Name Username Followers New Followers since January 2
1 Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers 7,496,241 304,120
2 Golden State Warriors @warriors 5,770,943 593,949
3 Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT 4,729,625 167,105
4 New England Patriots @Patriots 4,355,143 333,903
5 Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls 4,120,399 112,401
6 Dallas Cowboys @dallascowboys 3,766,517 100,020
7 Pittsburgh Steelers @steelers 3,405,684 300,939
8 New York Yankees @Yankees 3,398,685 280,678
9 Philadelphia Eagles @Eagles 3,388,474 569,229
10 San Antonio Spurs @spurs 3,372,503 256,076
11 Boston Celtics @celtics 3,284,010 257,286
12 Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs 3,262,711 329,837
13 Carolina Panthers @Panthers 3,043,588 240,974
14 Denver Broncos @Broncos 2,660,473 46,971
15 OKC THUNDER @okcthunder 2,647,124 284,589
16 Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets 2,641,919 316,577
17 Chicago Blackhawks @NHLBlackhawks 2,553,297 84,113
18 Chicago Cubs @Cubs 2,520,386 150,823
19 Seattle Seahawks @Seahawks 2,374,637 94,520
20 Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons 2,345,676 121,561
21 Toronto Blue Jays @BlueJays 2,265,902 71,260
22 Green Bay Packers @packers 2,226,662 46,418
23 NEW YORK KNICKS @nyknicks 2,100,719 91,749
24 San Francisco 49ers @49ers 2,096,408 161,771
25 Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers 2,080,788 136,017
26 Red Sox @RedSox 2,029,900 81,099
27 Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins 1,861,539 147,505
28 Philadelphia Phillies @Phillies 1,846,579 71,980
29 Toronto Maple Leafs @MapleLeafs 1,842,967 85,890
30 Houston Texans @HoustonTexans 1,837,395 52,611
31 San Francisco Giants @SFGiants 1,821,560 82,121
32 New York Giants @Giants 1,816,703 53,003
33 Toronto Raptors @Raptors 1,717,173 126,260
34 Chicago Bears @ChicagoBears 1,686,942 66,115
35 Orlando Magic @OrlandoMagic 1,596,561 17,328
36 OAKLAND RAIDERS @RAIDERS 1,594,566 112,123
37 Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers 1,575,638 128,537
38 Philadelphia 76ers @sixers 1,537,474 196,692
39 Canadiens Montréal @CanadiensMTL 1,519,050 14,745
40 Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs 1,500,165 59,630
41 Boston Bruins @NHLBruins 1,471,826 114,029
42 New York Rangers @NYRangers 1,470,275 71,249
43 Detroit Tigers @tigers 1,466,811 55,425
44 Baltimore Ravens @Ravens 1,458,008 38,830
45 Texas Rangers @Rangers 1,442,902 64,789
46 Houston Astros @astros 1,394,099 132,669
47 LA Clippers @LAClippers 1,378,121 35,724
48 Detroit Lions @Lions 1,343,915 52,290
49 New Orleans Saints @Saints 1,318,401 60,322
50 Washington Redskins @Redskins 1,264,163 13,952
51 Minnesota Vikings @Vikings 1,256,098 163,204
52 Detroit Red Wings @DetroitRedWings 1,256,089 42,715
53 New York Jets @nyjets 1,242,075 28,031
54 Atlanta Braves @Braves 1,239,704 68,299
55 LA Kings @LAKings 1,236,578 69,311
56 Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks 1,212,456 52,319
57 St. Louis Cardinals @Cardinals 1,195,842 37,534
58 Kansas City Chiefs @Chiefs 1,159,281 67,383
59 Trail Blazers @trailblazers 1,151,455 72,520
60 Indiana Pacers @Pacers 1,139,226 74,643
61 Dallas Stars @DallasStars 1,081,235 112,739
62 Angels @Angels 1,070,882 118,210
63 Vancouver Canucks @Canucks 1,069,765 36,486
64 Cleveland Browns @Browns 1,057,623 59,291
65 Kansas City Royals @Royals 1,054,728 51,445
66 New York Mets @Mets 1,041,608 69,639
67 Cleveland Indians @Indians 1,020,601 95,298
68 Phoen1x Šuns @Suns 1,007,353 48,147
69 Indianapolis Colts @Colts 1,000,803 54,901
70 Sacramen2 Kings @SacramentoKings 997,310 93,496
71 Miami Dolphins @MiamiDolphins 983,595 24,842
72 Buffalo Bills @buffalobills 968,570 91,025
73 Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz 940,327 55,023
74 Chicago White Sox @whitesox 919,346 53,987
75 Arizona Cardinals @AZCardinals 918,044 24,193
76 Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks 900,881 68,809
77 Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets 897,555 43,281
78 Charlotte Hornets @hornets 892,453 48,495
79 Timberwolves @Timberwolves 885,034 87,974
80 Washington Wizards @WashWizards 869,629 59,399
81 Buffalo Sabres @BuffaloSabres 864,066 22,809
82 Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons 862,726 51,654
83 Utah Jazz @utahjazz 844,240 98,679
84 New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA 836,198 71,198
85 Cincinnati Reds @Reds 830,624 30,025
86 Cincinnati Bengals @Bengals 816,177 23,946
87 San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks 815,620 36,715
88 Los Angeles Chargers @Chargers 815,351 26,020
89 Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers 810,809 24,441
90 Denver Nuggets @nuggets 807,346 56,722
91 Baltimore Orioles @Orioles 789,219 31,118
92 Tampa Bay Buccaneers @Buccaneers 759,288 25,297
93 Los Angeles Rams @RamsNFL 753,747 64,612
94 New Jersey Devils @NJDevils 750,309 56,411
95 Pirates @Pirates 738,658 23,306
96 Tennessee Titans @Titans 727,161 49,107
97 Washington Capitals @Capitals 704,120 32,390
98 Washington Nationals @Nationals 703,531 24,214
99 Minnesota Wild @mnwild 684,267 31,171
100 Tampa Bay Lightning @TBLightning 678,505 39,653
101 St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues 658,208 20,856
102 #DUUUVAL @Jaguars 636,315 64,327
103 Minnesota Twins @Twins 609,143 33,543
104 Calgary Flames @NHLFlames 608,046 19,880
105 Anaheim Ducks @AnaheimDucks 602,231 38,984
106 Arizona Diamondbacks @Dbacks 580,068 23,208
107 Nashville Predators @PredsNHL 578,235 54,443
108 Ottawa Senators @Senators 576,358 21,451
109 Milwaukee Brewers @Brewers 554,970 30,185
110 Tampa Bay Rays @RaysBaseball 542,788 23,292
111 Mariners @Mariners 542,251 22,960
112 Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ @Athletics 540,796 20,021
113 Colorado Rockies @Rockies 532,526 32,111
114 Winnipeg Jets @NHLJets 531,658 37,154
115 New York Islanders @NYIslanders 506,071 23,977
116 Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche 461,929 34,733
117 Columbus Blue Jackets @BlueJacketsNHL 441,007 20,228
118 Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights 386,773 117,854
119 San Diego Padres @Padres 385,588 16,056
120 Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers 359,997 17,333
121 Carolina Hurricanes @NHLCanes 358,068 20,108
122 Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes 344,361 13,045
123 Miami Marlins @Marlins 328,613 7,865

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