Betrayal! A map of LA Lakers fans in Sacramento

Published: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 - 11:50 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 21, 2014 - 4:57 pm

They're out there, in our midst, tens of thousands of Los Angeles Lakers fans.

About 20 percent of the region's residents root for the Lakers, according to a recent New York Times analysis of Facebook "likes" for NBA teams. They're out in force every time the Sacramento Kings play the Lakers - games that always sell out, largely due to a strong contingent of Laker Nation fans living here.

Even after the Kings changed ownership and pledged to stay in Sacramento and even after the Lakers finished behind the Kings in the standings last year, Lakers fans prefer a team based about 400 miles south of Sacramento with a history of mocking the Capital region.

The strongest support in the region for the Lakers is far from downtown - Winters to the west and South Lake Tahoe to the east. The weakest support for the Lakers is in the Elk Grove, Meadowview and Rancho Murieta communities.

As the Times puts it, "Facebook 'likes' are an imperfect measure" and small differences at the ZIP code level should be taken with a grain of salt. Even so, the Times says, "Facebook likes show broadly similar patterns as polls do."

This map shows LA Lakers support across the Sacramento region. You can also check out the New York Times' cool, nationwide map of NBA fan support by clicking here.

Source: New York Times analysis of Facebook likes.
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Note: In some parts of the Tahoe region, the Kings were not among the three NBA teams with the most fans. In those areas, fan support for the Kings is not shown.

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