Geographies of a Baseball Fandom
MLB Fan Map Breaks Down Baseball Fans Geographically:
We are featuring [this] the Major League Baseball fan map. It was designed by
NikeSweatshop loving Capitalist Jerks and it is called “The United Countries of Baseball.”
I like this one a lot because it has a very classic feel to it.
For the most part, it seems pretty accurate. I would be willing to bet that the Devil Rays have a bit more fans in Florida now than the Marlins, but this was made a couple years ago, before the Rays were worth a crap.
What makes these maps so interesting is that they highlight the local nature of sports. Wherever you are, there’s a team somewhere nearby.
Go to Columbus and you’ll be swamped with Buckeye merch. Go to Minneapolis and check out the row after row of Vikings #4 jerseys.
Obviously these maps don’t take into account how many fans of a team live elsewhere
and we often compare our athletes to soldiers. The stadium is our turf.
These maps are simply a fun graphical representation of imaginary territories,
defended byour favorite teams.
Just how “accurate” is this map? Well, at Black Maps of course, we would answer that question with, you guessed it- another map!
Cue the data:
this unfortunately excludes Canadian data, but it does have this nifty clickable statistics map, well worth checking out, despite their disclaimer:
Important: this map is highly inaccurate and should be understood only as a demonstration, and not as any kind of reliable data yet. It is based on only a few thousands of votes spread across all teams, across the country. Areas with virtually no data are shown in gray, and many boundaries are still expected to change their shape drastically. A map with more accurate boundaries will gradually emerge as the number of votes reaches the upper tens of thousands.
Within the colored area associated with each team, more fans support that team than any other. Little dots of color represent individual votes, large masses represent agglomerations of the predominant local vote (minority votes get ‘sucked up’ and disappear). State boundaries are overlaid in white.
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