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Alexa rank for Australian leagues and clubs

Posted by Laura on Thursday, 29 July, 2010

I’ve been some what lax with collecting data during the past month.  This morning, I decided to remedy this a bit by updating my Alexa rank list for Australian sport clubs and teams.  This is what can be found below.  (The list isn’t all comprehensive.  I tend to mostly focus on the AFL and NRL.) It is interesting to see who is doing well, especially when compared to other clubs in the same league or clubs playing in the same geographic area.

League Team Site Alexa World Rank Rank in AU
AFL AFL 4,840 55
NRL NRL 11,713 136
AFL Collingwood Magpies 141,212 1,593
AFL Richmond Tigers 159,928 2,141
AFL Hawthorn Hawks 141,561 2,360
AFL St. Kilda Saints 222,651 2,476
AFL Sydney Swans 172,672 2,577
AFL Brisbane Lions 190,241 2,785
AFL Melbourne Demons 199,203 2,956
AFL Essendon Bombers 165,405 2,992
NRL Brisbane Broncos 289,581 3,434
AFL Carlton Blues 206,878 3,739
AFL AFL 214,367 3,938
A-League A-League 341,845 4,362
AFL Melbourne Demons 255,537 4,505
AFL West Coast Eagles 336,948 5,114
AFL Essendon Bombers 418,968 5,284
Netball Australia Netball Australia 250,151 5,912
Queensland Rugby League Queensland Rugby League 401,634 5,971
NRL Sydney Roosters 543,273 6,714
AFL Adelaide Crows 360,510 6,853
NRL Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 440,562 7,460
Australian Sports Commission 255,419 7,584
NRL St George Illawarra Dragons 378,400 7,650
AFL Geelong Cats 345,849 7,771
AFL Port Adelaide Power 357,096 8,099
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs 451,061 8,266
AFL Gold Coast Football Club 574,715 8,500
NBL NBL 284,908 8,712
NRL Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 616,764 8,939
NRL Wests Tigers 596,849 9,114
AFL Fremantle Dockers 440,121 9,471
NRL Cronulla Sharks 773,661 10,578
AFL Western Bulldogs 602,105 11,042
World Cup Soccer Socceroos 198,167 11,304
NRL Canberra Raiders 669,540 12,400
NRL Melbourne Storm 613,914 12,449
Australian Cycling Federation Australian Cycling Federation 647,545 12,636
AFL St. Kilda Saints 432,371 13,078
AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos 520,203 14,172
Swimming Australia Swimming Australia 758,972 14,489
New South Wales Rugby League New South Wales Rugby League 598,635 14,559
A-League Perth Glory 911,733 15,235
NRL Penrith Panthers 958,373 16,056
A-League Adelaide United 977,696 16,077
NRL Parramatta Eels 612,992 16,933
A-League Melbourne Heart 884,578 18,199
ANZ Championship ANZ Championship 614,050 18,351
A-League Melbourne Victory 792,846 19,209
A-League Sydney FC 793,348 20,076
NRL Gold Coast Titans 580,157 22,532
NRL New Zealand Warriors 1,180,727 25,967
AFL AFL 766,302 33,222
A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club 1,698,474 33,300
NRL North Queensland Cowboys 1,648,323 33,491
NRL Newcastle Knights 1,779,286 43,681
Hockey Victoria Hockey Victoria 1,593,746 46,956
A-League Newcastle Jets 2,637,017 48,043
ANZ Championship ANZ Championship 2,659,884 101,686
Australian Rugby League Australian Rugby League 1,958,139 104,238
NRL NRL 5,062,279 130,822
Tennis Australia Sam Stosur 462,503
AFL Sydney Swans 1,306,356
ANZ Championship ANZ Championship 1,801,761
AFL Greater Western Sydney 2,033,718
Western Australia Rugby League Western Australia Rugby League 2,704,352
AIHL AIHL 2,769,640
Volleyball Australia Volleyball Australia 2,791,802
ANZ Championship Queensland Firebirds 2,979,485
W-League Canberra United 3,683,958
AFL Greater Western Sydney 3,869,775
ANZ Championship NSW Swifts 4,105,444
NBL Perth Wildcats 4,185,338
AFL Geelong Cats 4,250,299
ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens 4,495,622
AFL Hawthorn Hawks 5,014,151
New South Wales Rugby League Western Suburbs Magpies 5,339,211
Australian Cycling Federation rachel neylan 5,360,003
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority 5,521,619
AFL Greater Western Sydney 5,640,097
AIHL Canberra Knights 6,819,666
Confederation of Australian Sport 8,294,745
AFLNT AFLNT 8,665,760
ANZ Championship Canterbury Tactix 9,048,673
Swimming Australia Stephanie Rice 10,678,587
ANZ Championship Southern Steel 11,632,258
ANZ Championship West Coast Fever 13,051,518
WNCL Victorian Spirit 15,218,497
NBL Sydney Kings 19,447,871
NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League 22,593,505

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Popular sport team and league sites in Australia

Posted by Laura on Saturday, 5 June, 2010

I was curious as to which team had the most popular website in the AFL.  There are three places to get this information: Quantcast, Alexa and Compete.  Each has various advantages and disadvantages.  In this case, I chose Alexa as I can get the rank of a website in Australia.  I can’t get that information using Compete or Quantcast. Alexa has its issues and I can’t translate this into real traffic numbers but it is the best option. While doing the AFL, I wanted to look at some other teams to see how they compare.   These ranks date to today, June 5, 2010.

This list is not comprehensive.  It does not include every major team in Australia.  At some point in the future, I’ll update this list and it will be more comprehensive but just not today.  That AFL teams generally are near the top, NRL teams coming in just below them.  The NBL, W-League and A-League are scattered around in the bottom 2/3rds.  As these leagues are not currently active, that can offer a bit of an explanation.  These leagues also draw smaller crowds, which also goes to explain their comparatively low ranking.

League Team Site World Rank Rank in AU Notes 480 10 Newspaper 1411 21 Newspaper
AFL AFL 4981 43 Official page
NRL NRL 11856 139 Official page
AFL Collingwood Magpies 125048 1548 Official page
AFL Essendon Bombers 134041 1549 Official page
AFL Hawthorn Hawks 130153 1624 Official page
AFL Sydney Swans 153740 1644 Official page
AFL Brisbane Lions 199852 1973 Official page
AFL Carlton Blues 164306 2084 Official page
AFL Richmond Tigers 155839 2367 Official page
AFL St. Kilda Saints 220585 2616 Official page
AFL AFL 179293 3020 Fansite
AFL Melbourne Demons 214459 3049 Official page
AFL Melbourne Demons 250209 3084 Fansite
AFL Port Adelaide Power 308152 4183 Official page
AFL Adelaide Crows 273306 4500 Official page
AFL West Coast Eagles 329644 4678 Official page
AFL Fremantle Dockers 325524 4757 Official page
NRL St George Illawarra Dragons 344472 5398 Official page
AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos 435131 6042 Official page
NRL Brisbane Broncos 293295 6094 Official page
A-League A-League 302774 6435 Official page
AFL Geelong Cats 346158 6727 Official page
Queensland Rugby League Queensland Rugby League 500941 6820 Official page
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs 382358 7809 Official page
AFL Essendon Bombers 444657 8038 Fansite
NBL NBL 246581 8499 Official page
New South Wales Rugby League New South Wales Rugby League 569991 9181 Official page
AFL Western Bulldogs 504585 9758 Official page
AFL St. Kilda Saints 603805 10425 Fansite
NRL Melbourne Storm 322986 12304 Official page
AFL AFL 696070 13869 Fansite
NRL Sydney Roosters 490632 15478 Official page
A-League Melbourne Victory 614721 17874 Official page
NRL Cronulla Sharks 862900 18169 Official page
AFL Sydney Swans 797187 19352 Fansite
NRL Gold Coast Titans 602278 19366 Official page
A-League Perth Glory 1307741 20308 Official page
A-League Sydney FC 829172 23148 Official page
NRL Penrith Panthers 901889 25798 Official page
W-League Canberra United 5088164 52476 Official page
W-League Canberra United 5088164 52476 Official page
A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club 1792652 61405 Official page
NRL Newcastle Knights 1411848 67121 Official page
A-League Adelaide United 1098452 69128 Official page
Volleyball Australia Volleyball Australia 2013818 78589 Official page
Australian Rugby League Australian Rugby League 2464044 86084 Official page
A-League Newcastle Jets 1860876 Official page. Not AU ranked.
NBL Perth Wildcats 3137392 Official page
AFL Geelong Cats 3511841 Fansite
New South Wales Rugby League Western Suburbs Magpies 6130730 Official page
AFL Hawthorn Hawks 6592328 Fansite
Western Australia Rugby League Western Australia Rugby League 12703243 Official page
NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League 14752272 Official page
AFL Geelong Cats 17481491 Fansite
NBL Sydney Kings 19390631 Official page

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Version 3: Most popular Australian athlete and team related Twitter accounts by total followers.

Posted by Laura on Monday, 31 May, 2010

This post is basically an update of Version 2: Most popular Australian athlete and team related Twitter accounts by total followers. I haven’t actively sought to improve or update the accounts included on this list though there are a few new accounts.  A few accounts have been deleted and one has been suspended, LanceFranklin. Deleted and suspended accounts have been marked with a 0 for total number of followers.

This data was gathered on May 30, 2010.  It includes non-Australian teams that compete in Australian based leagues.  It also contains Australian some athlete accounts where the athlete competes for a club in an Australian based league.

League Team Account Total followers
First class cricket New South Wales Blues PH408 (unofficial) 11902
Super 14 Pretoria Bulls (Northern Bulls) VictorMatfield (unofficial) 7452
Super 14 Natal Sharks JohnSmit123 (unofficial) 7221
NRL Wests Tigers LoteTuqiri (unofficial) 6688
AFL Essendon Bombers Essendon_FC 5242
AFL Collingwood Magpies Collingwood_FC 5183
AFL Adelaide Crows Adelaide_FC 5008
AFL Melbourne Demons jimstynes (unofficial) 4476
AFL Sydney Swans sydneyswans 4340
AFL Essendon Bombers JobeWatson (unofficial) 4284
AFL Collingwood Magpies harry_o (unofficial) 4174
AFL Essendon Bombers AngusMonfries (unofficial) 3801
Super 14 Wellington Hurricanes Hurricanesrugby 3696
NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons RealBigDell (unofficial) 3688
AFL St. Kilda Saints stkildafc 3351
Super 14 Wellington Hurricanes neyza3 (unofficial) 3330
AFL Carlton Blues Carlton_FC 3223
NRL Gold Coast Titans mat_rogers6 (unofficial) 3056
Super 14 Canterbury Crusaders mornesteyn (unofficial) 2790
AFL Geelong Cats Geelong_FC (unofficial) 2667
Super 14 Queensland Reds QuadeCooper (unofficial) 2363
NRL Brisbane Broncos BrisBroncosClub 2322
AFL Richmond Tigers Richmond_FC 2085
NRL Gold Coast Titans GCTitans 2052
AFL Hawthorn Hawks HawthornFC 2031
AFL Melbourne Demons nathan2jones (unofficial) 2019
World Cup Socceroos Socceroos 1998
NRL New Zealand Warriors (Auckland Warriors) nzwarriors (unofficial) 1959
A-League Melbourne Victory gomvfc 1959
AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos northkangaroos 1891
World Cup Socceroos socceroos_news (unofficial) 1668
Super 14 Cape Town Stormers (Western Stormers) THESTORMERS 1652
NRL Parramatta Eels jarryd_hayne (unofficial) 1643
Super 14 Wellington Hurricanes Powza13 (unofficial) 1619
First class cricket New South Wales Blues NBRACKEN142 (unofficial) 1559
NRL North Queensland Cowboys northqldcowboys 1544
AFL Melbourne Demons CamSchwab (unofficial) 1542
AFL Port Adelaide Power PAFC 1539
AFL Melbourne Demons DemonsHQ (official) 1522
Super 14 Durban Sharks (Coastal Sharks)(Natal Sharks) sharksrugby 1521
AFL West Coast Eagles WCEofficial 1475
NRL Wests Tigers Wests_Tigers (unofficial) 1440
AFL Hawthorn Hawks Hawks_AFL (unofficial) 1396
NBL Melbourne Tigers Follow24Hodge (unofficial) 1338
First class cricket New South Wales Blues ClarkeVC (unofficial) 1268
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs SSFCRABBITOHS 1263
ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens MelbourneVixens 1232
AFL Fremantle Dockers Fremantle_FC 1232
First class cricket Victorian Bushrangers Bushrangers 1189
NRL Manly Sea Eagles manlyseaeagles 1129
NRL Melbourne Storm MelbStormRLC (official) 1124
NBL Adelaide 36ers Adelaide36ers 1030
AFL Gold Coast Football Club GoldCoastFC 1001
NRL Sydney Roosters sydroosters (unofficial) 995
Super 14 Canterbury Crusaders crusadersrugby 962
AFL Brisbane Lions ALFbrisbane (unofficial) 908
AFL Collingwood Magpies PeterDaicos (unofficial) 903
A-League Melbourne Victory mitchlangerak (unofficial) 881
NRL Penrith Panthers penrithpanthers (unofficial) 840
NRL Parramatta Eels parramatta_eels 838
A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club LawrieMcKinna 815
A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club LawrieMcKinna (unofficial) 815
AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos andrewswallow (unofficial) 810
Super 14 New South Wales Waratahs HSBCWaratahs 772
NBL Wollongong Hawks wollongonghawks 757
NRL Melbourne Storm MelbourneStorm_ (unofficial) 750
A-League Melbourne Victory adrianleijer (unofficial) 745
A-League North Queensland Fury FC nqfuryfc 744
Super 14 Queensland Reds RedsRugby (unofficial) 732
ANZ Championship Melbourne Vixens SharelleVixens 724
Super 14 Queensland Reds Reds_Rugby 705
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs rabbitohs (unofficial) 699
Super 14 ACT Brumbies BrumbiesRugby 683
NRL Parramatta Eels PirtekParraEels (unofficial) 670
AFL Collingwood Magpies collingwoodnews (unofficial) 649
Super 14 Natal Sharks KeeganDaniel (unofficial) 632
First class cricket Queensland Bulls andrew_symonds (unofficial) 608
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs therabbitohs (unofficial) 605
NBL Perth Wildcats perthwildcats 591
AFL Collingwood Magpies bigdyman (unofficial) 568
A-League Melbourne Victory victoryinmelb 552
NBL New Zealand Breakers johnrillie (unofficial) 537
AFL West Coast Eagles wingsofperth (unofficial) 536
NRL New Zealand Warriors (Auckland Warriors) thenzwarriors 521
AFL Fremantle Dockers Freo_Dockers (unofficial) 519
NBL South Dragons Joeingles7 (unofficial) 516
NRL Gold Coast Titans AshHarrison1 (unofficial) 498
NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs benross23 (unofficial) 487
AFL St. Kilda Saints njbrown17 (unofficial) 481
A-League Brisbane Roar BNERoar (unofficial) 471
NSW Premier League Sydney Olympic MarkBosnich (unofficial) 470
Super 14 Melbourne Rebels melbournerebels 469
NRL Gold Coast Titans lukeodwyer (unofficial) 467
Basketball Australia Australian Boomers aussieboomers 465
AFL Fremantle Dockers FremantleFC (unofficial) 453
A-League Newcastle Jets newcastle_jets 441
A-League Adelaide United adelaideunited 423
NRL Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks SharksOnline (unofficial) 422
A-League Sydney FC SFCNews (unofficial) 421
A-League Perth Glory PerthGlory_FC 414
Netball Australia Netball Australia NetballAust 377
NRL Canberra Raiders RaidersCanberra 375
NRL Parramatta Eels PlanetEels (unofficial) 374
A-League Adelaide United adelaidereds 350
ANZ Championship Queensland Firebirds laurafirebirds (unofficial) 338
NRL Brisbane Broncos broncosbigfan (unofficial) 336
First class cricket Tassie Tigers crickettas 328
NBL Wollongong Hawks milisimic (unofficial) 327
NBL Perth Wildcats nickmarvin (unofficial) 322
NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons mighty_dragons (unofficial) 321
NBL Townsville Crocodiles TsvCrocs 313
NBL Melbourne Tigers Wortho33 (unofficial) 313
A-League Wellington Phoenix wgtnphoenixfc 307
Netball Victoria Netball Victoria netballvic 306
A-League Brisbane Roar brisbaneroar 305
ANZ Championship Adelaide Thunderbirds NatTbirds 304
AFL West Coast Eagles WestCoastEagles (unofficial) 294
NBL Townsville Crocodiles chomicide (unofficial) 287
NBL Cairns Taipans Dusty_Rychart (unofficial) 283
AFL Brisbane Lions AFLBrisbaneFC 283
NRL Parramatta Eels blueandgoldarmy (unofficial) 280
NRL Brisbane Broncos BrisbaneBronco (unofficial) 274
ANZ Championship New South Wales Swifts SusanSwifts 263
AFL Melbourne Demons MelbourneFC (unofficial) 263
NRL Manly Sea Eagles gorgeousgrose (unofficial) 248
AFL West Coast Eagles MitchJbrown17 (unofficial) 242
Netball Australia Australian Diamonds (national team) AussieDiamonds 242
NRL Wests Tigers fakebrycegibbs (unofficial) 222
NRL Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Fergo1990 (unofficial) 220
First class cricket New South Wales Blues eddiecowan (unofficial) 213
AFL Essendon Bombers essendonfc (unofficial) 212
NBL New Zealand Breakers oscarforman (unofficial) 203
A-League Gold Coast United GCUSC 202
Super 14 ACT Brumbies Hoilesy (unofficial) 201
NRL Brisbane Broncos broncobasher (unofficial) 200
Rugby League/State of Origin New South Wales Blues NSWRL 198
First class cricket South Australian Redbacks (Southern Redbacks) RedbacksT20 196
A-League Central Coast Mariners Football Club CCMarinersFC (unofficial) 183
NBL Perth Wildcats TheRealSchensh (unofficial) 179
First class cricket Victorian Bushrangers petersiddle (unofficial) 171
ANZ Championship New South Wales Swifts nswswifts 171
NBL Townsville Crocodiles rustyhinder (unofficial) 168
Super 14 Western Australia Force (Western Force) s14_force 163
Basketball Australia Australian Opals AustralianOpals 160
NRL Parramatta Eels 1eyedeel (unofficial) 159
Super 14 Queensland Reds s14_queensland (unofficial) 153
NBL New Zealand Breakers NZBreakers 152
AFL Sydney Swans BionicSwan (unofficial) 151
Rugby League/State of Origin Queensland Maroons QLD_Maroons 144
A-League Melbourne Victory victorytwit (unofficial) 144
VFL Casey Scorpions CaseyScorpions 144
Super 14 Central Cheetahs (Vodacom Cheetahs) VodacomCheetahs 141
ANZ Championship Adelaide Thunderbirds AdelaideTBirds 135
VFL North Ballarat Roosters NB_Roosters 134
NBL Adelaide 36ers DarrenNg8 (unofficial) 128
AFL Fremantle Dockers ryanmcrowley (unofficial) 124
AFL North Melbourne Kangaroos Marcus__White (unofficial) 121
A-League Melbourne Victory mvfcfanzone 114
AFL Hawthorn Hawks bmsew (unofficial) 113
NBL Adelaide 36ers jgovereasy (unofficial) 113
NRL St. George Illawarra Dragons jsaffy (unofficial) 111
NRL Newcastle Knights Corypato (unofficial) 110
Australia Athletics Australian Flames (national team) australianflame 108
NRL Balmain Tigers tigers1908 (unofficial) 106
ANZ Championship West Coast Fever SusanWCFever 93
AFL St. Kilda Saints RWBFooty (unofficial) 93
Gridiron Australia Nationals Perth Blitz fatloaf (unofficial) 91
AFL Melbourne Demons matesOmelbourne (unofficial) 90
AFL Western Bulldogs ccaallward (unofficial) 88
Netball New South Wales Sydney_Netball 88
First class cricket Queensland Bulls qldcricket 81
NBL Sydney Kings sydneykings 73
AFL Fremantle Dockers briansham (unofficial) 71
A-League Sydney FC SydneyFC 69
AFL Richmond Tigers yellow_n_black (unofficial) 67
SFL Caulfield Bears CaulfieldBears 66
NBL Townsville Crocodiles JoshJenkins24 (unofficial) 65
AFL Melbourne Demons demonwiki (unofficial) 65
NBL Adelaide 36ers BenFitz (unofficial) 64
Semi Professional Basketball League Semi Professional Basketball League SEABL 58
NRL Gold Coast Titans Aaron_Cannings (unofficial) 57
NBL Adelaide 36ers 36ers (unofficial) 55
NBL South (Melbourne) Dragons SAVEOURDRAGONS (unofficial) 49
AFL Collingwood Magpies VictoriaParkHC (unofficial) 49
Claxton Shield Barbagallo Perth Heat PerthHeat 48
NBL Wollongong Hawks danjackson9 (unofficial) 39
NBL Townsville Crocodiles Kegs42 (unofficial) 39
AFL Essendon Bombers bomberblitz (unofficial) 37
NSW Premier League Manly United ManlyUnited 35
WNBL Bendio Spirit bendigospirit 35
NBL Townsville Crocodiles willo43 (unofficial) 34
NRL Parramatta Eels parraeels (unofficial) 33
NBL Gold Coast Blaze Vandy21 (unofficial) 33
Netball New South Wales Petersham RUFC Netball Club PetershamNetbal 32
Brisbane Netball Association ACE Netball Club ACENetball 31
Plenty Valley Netball Association Orcas Netball Orcas_Netball 30
WNBL Dandenong Jayco Rangers JaycoRangers 30
AFL Fremantle Dockers bc8977 (unofficial) 20
VFL Port Melbourne Borough BoroughBoy (unofficial) 19
NBL Townsville Crocodiles ToffCedar (unofficial) 16
NBL Townsville Crocodiles cameronwhiting (unofficial) 12
WNBL Logan Thunder loganthunder 11
NBL Adelaide 36ers brad_393 (unofficial) 6
Gridiron Australia Nationals Perth Blitz perthblitz 1
NRL Wests Tigers beauryan_winger (unofficial) 0
NSW Premier League Sydney United addsie (unofficial) 0
A-League Sydney FC SydneyFC0910 0
Super 14 Queensland Reds ezytaylor (unofficial) 0
A-League Melbourne Victory MVFCVIDEOS (unofficial) 0
AFL Melbourne Demons jordiemck (unofficial) 0
AFL Hawthorn Hawks LanceFranklin (unofficial) 0
WNBL Dandenong Jayco Rangers jennaohea (unofficial) 0
AFL Brisbane Lions AFLbrisbanelion 0

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Popularity of Australian sports leagues across various social networks

Posted by Laura on Saturday, 13 March, 2010

I’ve been checking the number of people who list a team as an interest across a number of social networks.  Yesterday, for networks where I had information on 215 teams I have on my list, I added together the number of people who listed a team as an interest in various leagues.  I got the following table.

League Total DW DJ JF IJ Blurty Inksome CrazyLife LiveJournal Blogger Facebook Twitter Gaia Online
AFL 266883 7 3 4 13 7 1 5 613 168 239480 26582 1
AFL Canberra 2 1 1
A-League 73559 90 44 69060 4363 2
ANZ Championship 2200 5 860 1335
Australia Athletics 83 83
Basketball Australia 326 326
Brisbane Netball Association 21 21
Claxton Shield 1615 1580 35
Commonwealth Bank Trophy 3 2 1
First class cricket 34573 1 1 3 29 22400 12140
Gridiron Australia Nationals 66 66
NBL 7899 1 1 1 30 5 4220 3641
Netball Australia 1651 1580 71
Netball New South Wales 22 22
NRL 180242 7 7 2 8 411 78 167585 12138 6
NSW Premier League 316 1 4 311
Plenty Valley Netball Association 20 20
Rugby League/State of Origin 61519 1 1 18 61320 179
Super 14 49838 1 1 1 85 5 37460 12284 1
VFL 208 3 1 204
Victorian Amateur Football Association 1 1
WNBL 38 9 29
Women’s Flat Track Derby Association 760 760

Interesting to see what networks have what populations.  The WNBL is only really an interest on 2 networks while the AFL is present on every network.  These networks all have different population sizes so total numbers is really apple to oranges in some ways.  I then decided to rank the leagues by how popular they were on each network.  The most popular league ranks 1, the next most popular league ranks 2.  If there is a tie, they share the same rank.  The results of that are in the following table:

League Blogger Blurty Crazy
Dreamwidth Dead
Facebook Gaia Online Inksome Insane
Inksome Live
Twitter Average
Total people
AFL 1 2 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.30 266884
NRL 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 4 1.77 180242
First class cricket 3 2 6 1 1 6 3 3.14 34574
A-League 3 3 2 3 5 3.2 73559
Super 14 4 3 3 3 5 3 4 2 3.37 49838
NBL 4 3 3 3 7 5 6 4.42 7899
Rugby League/State of Origin 3 4 2 7 11 5.4 61519
NSW Premier League 3 10 9 7.33 316
AFL Canberra 2 13 7.5 2
Basketball Australia 8 8 326
ANZ Championship 10 9 7 8.66 2200
Commonwealth Bank Trophy 6 12 9 3
VFL 6 11 10 9 208
Netball Australia 8 13 10.5 1651
Women’s Flat Track Derby Association 11 11 760
WNBL 8 16 12 38
Claxton Shield 9 15 12 1615
Australia Athletics 12 12 83
Victorian Amateur Football Association 13 13 1
Gridiron Australia Nationals 14 14 66
Netball New South Wales 17 17 22
Brisbane Netball Association 18 18 21
Plenty Valley Netball Association 19 19 20

This table is a bit more interesting.  Across most networks, the AFL is the most popular league.  The NRL is the second most popular league.  First class cricket, compromising state cricket teams, is the third most popular.  The A-League and Super 14 are close behind.  When you get down near the bottom, patterns become interesting.  The WNBL is not as popular as Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.  This is largely a result of the large number of fans on Facebook.  AFL Canberra is also more popular than the VFL.  This is because of the high rank on JournalFen. lists the attendance by league for six Australian sports leagues in 2009.  I cannot find a better list of attendance data for Australian sports league, especially the minor leagues.  That makes the rest of this analysis a bit problematic but moving forward anyway… This data is then put into the following table:

League Average rank Total people Total attendance 2009 Average attendance 2009
AFL 1.30 266884 6370350 36195
NRL 1.77 180242 3084481 16065
Super 14 3.2 49838 2021376 21504
A-League 3.37 73559 1166966 12966
NBL 3.14 7899 644976 3665
First class cricket 4.42 34574 308590 18153

For total number of people attending during the course of a season, it certainly seems to track with the average league rank on the social networks in this sample.  Total people and total attendance seems to track some too.  I ran the correlation to confirm these observations:

Total attendance 2009 Average attendance 2009
Average rank -0.892632665 -0.511836009
Total people 0.949552518 0.769754845

Total attendance does correlate meaningfully.  Average attendance isn’t as meaningful but the correlation is still relatively strong.  There is a relationship there.

I’ve found that similar relationships exist with American baseball teams.  The issue of course is: Cause and effect.  Does high fan attendance lead to more fans listing their teams as an interest on social media? Or does becoming interested in a team on social media sites lead people to attending games?  It feels like the first but I have no evidence either way.

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NBL on Twitter

Posted by Laura on Monday, 8 March, 2010

I have spent about three hours looking through various lists to find official NBL twitter accounts, NBL fansites, and accounts for NBL management and players.  NBL lists on Twitter are a bit different than comparable lists for say the A-League and even the Claxton Shield.  They contain a lot more fans of a team, players that used to play in the NBL  (but have gone to Europe or the US), sports management students, and journalists.  It looks like if you mention the NBL, some people will add you to the list.   To make sure I found actual player accounts on those lists, I compared names on accounts to the NBL player list and the Wikipedia player list.

I recorded if it was the official team account, or an unofficial account.  Unofficial accounts are player, management or fansite accounts.  I also recorded the number of followers an account had.  Who are the most popular players on Twitter?  What are the most popular teams?

Team Account Date collected Total followers
Adelaide 36ers Adelaide36ers 8-Mar-10 908
Melbourne Tigers Follow24Hodge (unofficial) 8-Mar-10 612
Wollongong Hawks wollongonghawks 6-Mar-10 572
New Zealand Breakers johnrillie (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 474
Perth Wildcats perthwildcats 6-Mar-10 457
South Dragons Joeingles7 (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 431
Melbourne Tigers Wortho33 (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 285
Wollongong Hawks milisimic (unofficial) 8-Mar-10 272
Townsville Crocodiles TsvCrocs 6-Mar-10 259
Perth Wildcats nickmarvin (unofficial) 8-Mar-10 251
Townsville Crocodiles chomicide (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 237
Cairns Taipans Dusty_Rychart (unofficial) 8-Mar-10 234
New Zealand Breakers oscarforman (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 177
Perth Wildcats TheRealSchensh (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 154
Townsville Crocodiles rustyhinder (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 153
Adelaide 36ers jgovereasy (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 110
Adelaide 36ers DarrenNg8 (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 86
Townsville Crocodiles JoshJenkins24 (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 72
Adelaide 36ers BenFitz (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 62
Adelaide 36ers 36ers (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 51
Sydney Kings sydneykings 8-Mar-10 43
Townsville Crocodiles Kegs42 (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 38
Townsville Crocodiles willo43 (unofficial) 8-Mar-10 35
Gold Coast Blaze Vandy21 (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 33
Wollongong Hawks danjackson9 (unofficial) 8-Mar-10 32
Townsville Crocodiles ToffCedar (unofficial) 8-Mar-10 17
Townsville Crocodiles cameronwhiting (unofficial) 6-Mar-10 13
Adelaide 36ers brad_393 (unofficial) 8-Mar-10 5

One thing that surprised me was that not every team had an official account.  It seems like they should have one, if only to squat on it to protect their future potential assets.

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NBL vs. A-League on Twitter

Posted by Laura on Saturday, 6 March, 2010

I’m not doing much of an analysis here as I’m still gathering data.  One difference between these two leagues that I see right off the bat is the type of presence.  For the A-League, there are a number of accounts created by fans dedicated to teams.  There are a few player and coach accounts for the A-League but not many.  The fan based accounts are just bigger, have more followers and appear more important to the fandom.

In comparison, the NBL appears to have a large number of players on Twitter.  In some cases, the players appear to be at have decided to have staked out their own user name, if only to have it.  Some engage but many don’t have images.  A few have their tweets protected.  Most don’t have branded backgrounds or even list that they are playing in the NBL.

That’s a big difference.  Is this a result of league policy regarding the use of social media?  Or is it a difference in sports culture, where NBL basketball players are say modeling NBA players and A-League players are emulating their European and America peers who appear to be less active on social networks?

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LiveJournal: Interest in leagues by location

Posted by Laura on Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

I finally finished compiling a list of LiveJournal and clones users who list various teams as an interest. The issues in doing this and other maps have been discussed in earlier posts. Not all cities are picked up by the software, not everyone lists the city they live in are two of the big ones. People can list multiple teams in the same league as interests (and thus be counted twice) or the same team as an interest across multiple clones (again, counted twice).

While teams from many leagues were looked at, not all those teams had people listing them as an interest and where the individual listed their city of residence. The following leagues did though: AFL, AFL Canberra, A-League, ANZ Championship, First class cricket, NBL, NRL, NSW Premier League, Rugby League/State of Origin, Super 14, and Victorian Amateur Football Association. To make the map more readable, some of the least represented leagues were left off the map.

The following map was created using MapPoint:

Australian interest in leagues by city on LiveJournal

Overview map

Play by City

Super 14

The map clearly shows a geographic preference in New South Wales for the NRL.  Victoria clearly prefers the AFL.  The rest of the country tends to also support the AFL.  The pattern of geographic distribution for fans of these leagues appears to fit patterns I have seen described elsewhere.  It will be interesting to see if these patterns hold for bebo.

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NBL on Facebook

Posted by Laura on Wednesday, 10 February, 2010

I’m still looking at the NBL and this time, I’m looking at people interested in the teams on Facebook.   Today, using the Create Ad page, I set the variables for all with the exception of the country.  That I set for Australia.  I got the following table:

NBL on Facebook

League Interest Facebook
NBL Adelaide 36ers 2,200
NBL Brisbane Bullets 0
NBL Cairns Taipans 0
NBL Gold Coast Blaze 0
NBL Melbourne Tigers 0
NBL New Zealand Breakers 0
NBL Perth Wildcats 2,020
NBL Townsville Crocodiles 0
NBL Wollongong Hawks 0

There aren’t any particular patterns here that can be readily explained such as higher interest in teams from non-major leagues existing outside of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.  (Melbourne’s A-League team is first, with Adelaide in second, Sydney in third, Perth in fourth and Brisbane in fifth.)

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Perth Wildcats on Yahoo!Groups

Posted by Laura on Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

There appears to be no New Zealand Breakers, Townsville Crocodiles, Wollongong Hawks  communities on Yahoo!Groups.  Thus, they do not get their own posts.

There are two groups on Yahoo dedicated to the Perth Wildcats: thewildcatsden and  perthwildcatssupportersclub.  Both were created in late 2000.  The first has 56 but has had exclusively spam content since late April 2001.  The second has three members, no real spam content and has had no new posts since April 10, 2001.  Between the two, there were 26 legitimate total posts.  I’m not graphing it because there really isn’t much variation and anything to suggest that for this small community ever really had a presence on the service; a one year pattern is unlikely to correlate with team performance.

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Melbourne Tigers on Yahoo!Groups

Posted by Laura on Tuesday, 9 February, 2010

I haven’t and won’t be doing a separate post for the Cairns Taipans and the Gold Coast Blaze.  There are no communities dedicated to them on Yahoo!Groups.

There are two groups dedicated to the NBL team Melbourne Tigers: melbournetigers and Melb_Tigers.  The first has ten members and was founded on July 4, 2001.  The second has one member and was founded on July 25, 2006.  Melb_Tigers has never had any activity.  melbournetigers in contrast has had a total of six posts, with all posting having stopped by October 18, 2002.  There really isn’t enough activity to speak to any posting trends.

melbournetigers has never had any spam posting and when you look at the membership, it looks like it has been free of spam posters joining.   Only three posters have joined since that activity ended.  Of those three, one is from Victoria, Australia.

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