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Facebook map pins down Redskins territory

Breaking down Redskins vs. Ravens fans has been a hot topic this week. While Dan’s method of talking to seemingly the entire Maryland population was pretty darn scientific, some folks at Facebook found a way to use page likes to pin down which areas of the country belong to which team. The map above reflects those findings.

Here is some data from the Facebook page dedicated to this research.

At Facebook we have about 35 million account holders in the United States who have Liked a page for one of the 32 teams in the league, representing one of the most comprehensive samples of sports fanship ever collected. Put another way, more than 1 in 10 Americans have declared their support for an NFL team on Facebook.


Based on this map, here’s what we learn about the Redskins’ reach:

* Maryland is predictably split along county lines between Ravens and Redskins.

* Less predictable is the lower half of Virginia going to Dallas, and not the Redskins, Carolina, or even Atlanta.

* There is one tiny little area on the eastern coast of Carolina that is showing as Redskins territory. Based on a map of the state, that area is the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Those animals love them some RGIII.


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