Greg Cote

How Miami teams fared in a new study of national relevance — and the one that dominated

The Heat, no doubt fueled by the Big 3-era championship runs, dominates other Miami teams in a new ranking of national relevance in sports.
The Heat, no doubt fueled by the Big 3-era championship runs, dominates other Miami teams in a new ranking of national relevance in sports. Miami Herald file photo

A new first-of-its-kind study by the Samford University Center for Sports Analytics in Birmingham, Alabama, has produced the inaugural “Relevance Rankings” of U.S. sports leagues, entities and teams — and how Miami teams fare runs the gamut from high relevance to, well, something closer to irrelevance.

The rankings, says the Center, are based on a deep dive into social media data from 6.9 million U.S sports fans in a study conducted this past August that analyzed how fans connected to teams, sports brands, events, athletes and media.

The Miami Heat led all South Florida teams by a lot, ranking fourth in the NBA with a 6.54 rating, just ahead of the Cavaliers and after the top three: Lakers at 8.94, Warriors 8.72 and Bulls 6.94.

The Miami Dolphins rank a mid-pack 18th (of 32 teams) in NFL relevance with a 3.22 rating. The top three: Cowboys 8.01, Patriots 7.01 and Steelers 6.15.

Miami Hurricanes football ranks third of 14 ACC teams with a 1.01 rating, after Clemson’s 1.99 and Florida State’s 1.30. Overall that ranked the Canes 19th of 70 rated college teams. The top three: Alabama 2.29, Michigan 2.22 and Notre Dame 2.09. (FSU was ranked eighth overall and Florida 12th).

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And the Florida Panthers are ranked 22nd of 31 NHL teams with a 1.18 rating. The top three: Blackhawks at 5.04, Penguins 3.53 and Bruins 2.04.

The study did not include a ranking of MLB teams. (Perhaps just as well for the Miami Marlins).

The top five leagues or entities overall: NFL 33.60, NBA 25.49, MLB 18.87, ESPN College GameDay 12.69 and WWE 10.73.

Miami welcomes the three kings of the Miami Heat as Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh join the NBA team in a spectacular show at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday July 9, 2010.

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