Voting is a tricky topic in sports, whether it's Mike Trout vs. Miguel Cabrera for American League MVP or Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama for American President.
StubHub decided to take a fair-and-balanced look at what being a football or baseball fan said about your political leanings. Essentially what they did was determine the ratio of baseball tickets sold on the secondary market to football tickets sold and figured out how the resulting correlation matched up with how the state voted during the 2008 presidential election. They called the new stat “BFR.”
The outcome according to the author? As a population buys more baseball tickets, the state tends to swing Democrat. Conversely, more football ticket purchases equal a tendency toward being Republican.
It's certainly interesting data, however, there are issues. For one, the 10 states with the lowest BFR (meaning they bought the least amount of baseball tickets per football tickets) have no major league baseball teams. Alabama, Louisiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Idaho, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, Arkansas and Tennessee SHOULD be more football crazy. They don't have anything else to compete with in-state.
Conversely, the 10 states with the highest BFR (meaning they bought the most baseball tickets per football tickets and swung toward Obama) all have popular major league teams or are smaller states relatively close to larger states with popular teams: Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Wisconsin, New Jersey. Having the Cubs, White Sox, Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Brewers in proximity has to help things.
Ok. So can we just go back to arguing about Trout vs. Cabrera?