HANG TIME PLAYOFF HEADQUARTERS — We’re still more than a few weeks away from some team claiming the Larry O’Brien trophy, but we can go ahead and crown the undisputed champ of professional sports leagues on Twitter.
The NBA wins in a runaway.
The NBA’s Twitter feed has a robust 5 million-plus, and counting, followers (5,011, 814 as of this morning). That dwarfs the National Football League’s 3,332,082, Major League Baseball’s 2,044,861 and the National Hockey League’s 1,166,503.
World Wrestling Entertainment also has about 1.1 million followers and the world’s soccer governing body, FIFA, has almost 800,000 followers.
It certainly can’t hurt that many of the league’s biggest stars — LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and many others — are all active on this particular social networking platform.
James, the 2011-12 KIA Most Valuable Player award winner, tops the league on Twitter as well with 4,495,705 followers. TNT’s own and recently retired future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has the largest Twitter flock with more than 5,598,557. They both rank among the top four pro athletes (active or retired) in followers.