If you count up the active rosters of every MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS teams, there are around 3,300 top-level professional athletes in America’s top-5 sports. Thousands, if not tens of thousands of websites are dedicated to analyzing, discussing, rooting for, and ripping on those 3,300 individuals.
At the same time, there over 200 million people in America ( 70% of the population ) who follow these individuals – 60,000 for each athlete. As far as I can tell, there is only one website that focuses on analyzing, discussing, and understanding these fans. It’s called ESPN SportsNation.
And it sucks.
A Sports Nation Divided is a site dedicated to the real geographic analysis of America’s sports fandom: what are the demographic, economic, and cultural differences that drive how we think about the sports that we love? Are churchgoers more likely to pick Tim Tebow to win on Sunday? Does Indiana have the reputation as the capital of White Basketball? If you’re interested in these sorts of questions, and especially interested in using bitchin’ maps to answer these questions, stick with me.