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This map highlights each state's favorite sport

Turns out, everyone loves football.

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Anna Rahmanan
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Each state's favorite sport
Photograph: Myprotein

Did you know that around 154 million Americans tune in to watch a live sport every month? Even more staggering: folks around the country spend $56 billion a year on related tickets.

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A question follows: which sport captures the highest amount of attention within the clearly successful industry? According to a new study by Myprotein, that would be football. 

The nutrition site analyzed ticket sales through Vivid Seats alongside Wikipedia search volumes to come up with a list of the most popular sport in each state and, overall, football (both the NFL and NCAA) has come out on top. The NFL in particular is the favorite league in 19 out of 50 states.

Baseball—the pick in states the likes of California, Illinois, New York and Texas, among others—lands on the second spot on the ranking. 

Check out the map above to peruse through each area's top choice and read the full report right here, which also includes a deep-dive into the most popular athletes from each state. That list, which you can find right below, includes the likes of boxer Muhammad Ali (Kentucky), swimmer Michael Phelps (Maryland), tennis champion Serena Williams (Michigan), skater Tonya Harding (Oregon), football player Colin Kaepernick (Wisconsin) and—surprise, surprise—basketball legend Michael Jordan (New York).

Each state's favorite sport
Photograph: Myprotein

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