5 Most Popular Athletes in the United States
Sports and the Internet were made for each other. Well, sports predate the Internet, but the Internet has simply given a wider voice and viewpoint to the average sports fan. It is the great leveling of fandom. Hours and hours of highlight reels and complete games are a search bar and a couple clicks away, and the average supporter is not reduced to reading newspaper clippings and browsing the sports sections for box scores. It’s the democratizing of sports entertainment.
Sports fans like nothing better than categorizing and ordering, so it stands to reason that these same pairings of people would coalesce around figuring out the most popular athletes in the United States. So Besttickets.com, which nominally offer ticket sales to events over the web, researched a little bit of data visualization and figured out the most popular athlete per number of Google searches (whoever is more Google’d is more popular, being the correlation.) The results may surprise you. They also may not.
Read on to check out the five most popular athletes in the United States, as well as more data pulled from the Best Tickets information. It’s fairly wild.