Why Must there Always be Fireworks?

Sep 19, 2016 | Insights

Here Secretary Clinton is seen during a rare moment’s rest on the campaign trail, enjoying sports alongside fellow fans of sports.

The 10 Professional Sports Teams Whose Fans Show the Greatest Affinity for Secretary Clinton

While we acknowledge the legitimacy of Major League Soccer, and know that it’s quite popular on Twitter, it still has not found a real foothold (pun not intended, but acknowledged). It does not compete with the other major sports; neither commercially nor culturally.

In the 1970s, we really gave professional soccer a go in the States, with the NASL (North American Soccer League). For a time the New York’s Cosmos outdrew the New York Giants, playing to 80,000 fans at a shot… At Giants Stadium.

A certain Brazilian with a two-syllable single monicker, and a certain German who was pretty darned globally famous in his own right, had a lot to do with that.

But it was a fad.

Maybe soccer will be legitimately popular, nation wide, and in a lasting, profound way one day. We could do what the NASL did, probably, and pay through the nose Ronaldo and Messi, but one has to wonder if that would even work at this point.

I think homegrown, American players who can truly compete on a global level (we have a couple, we need quite a few more) — and as every kid in America plays the sport throughout childhood, it’s bizarre this hasn’t happened already — could see the sport truly catch on.

But today we include the MLS teams on Hillary’s list, in part, for if we did not, only one team would crack 50%; San Francisco’s Giants.

A few word on these results, or any like them in a context such as this.

You can’t take data of this nature, in isolation, looking at such a small sample as a top 10 list, and extrapolate any meaning that should prompt an action beyond further investigation. StatSocial, it should go without saying, and will be loudly and proudly noted, has the necessary data to undertake that investigation.

It’s easy to say “Hillary’s social media audience (ahem, like the human race) is 51% female, and therefore…” Or, as some of you might do, say “well, liberals are milquetoasts and sports are for manly-men like me. Pass the beef and liquor and look at my hairy %&@*$ chest!”

Don’t get us wrong, top 10, 20, 50, whatever lists are great for ratings and great ways to whet appetites. But we recommend you check out the links below, and reach out to us about seeing a fully-fledged StatSocial report. Your mind? Blown.

And our point here is this. In isolation, these sorts of results can only prompt further investigation. Hillary’s list could, for example, be a great sign.

Perhaps her appeal is so spread throughout the country, from city to city, and demographic to demographic, that no single sports team could accumulate a meaningful quantity of her audience; so widespread is her charisma felt.

Here Secretary Clinton is seen among a group, of which about 52% support her. That’s the best she can do, unless she wants to go to a soccer match and, well… you know.

But for now we’re left with this, and it is an underwhelming sight.

No matter what team you highlight, you’re still highlighting a team with an audience demonstrating a so-so affinity for the candidate, and — it must be noted — very likely a stronger one for her opponent.

The full-flowered entry — showing affinities across the spectrum, and for a whole mess of different topics will reveal a more nuanced narrative — for both candidates — than any top 10 lists could achieve.

And before signing off, this below photograph is one of many of its sort you can find if you do a Google image search on Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers. The number one team on the above list. We feel duty-bound to add this, as we’ve had some fun at their expense.

The Timbers’ average attendance is actually in the 18,000 range; with 21,000 hardly unheard of. That’s as good or better than some NBA and NHL teams.

Granted, tickets start at around $18, but we doubt Secretary Clinton cares how much they’re paying for tickets, just that they’re registered and show up on Election Day.

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 17: fans cheer as the teams take to the pitch at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, OR on April 17, 2011. (Tibby McDowell/Portland Timbers)

With that, we leave you with our typical tune in tomorrow rap, “Same Bat time. Same Bat channel.” We’re doing magazines, and the playing field — a peculiarly apt pun — will again be even.

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