ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Professional sports teams in Missouri appear to have their work cut out for them if they want to grow their fan bases beyond the U.S. A new study found that no MLB, NHL or NFL team from the state is the "most popular" US sports team in any country around the world.
Bookies.com conducted a study that gathered monthly Google searches from 155 countries of the 10-most searched teams and then scored each team based on its ranking. (For example, if a team ranked first they received 10 points, second 9 points, etc.)
Although the Dallas Cowboys may be "America’s Team," the Golden State Warriors are the world's team.
The Warriors came out on top of the Bookies study with a weighted score of 1,080, finishing ahead of the Miami Heat (704), Chicago Bulls (585) and Boston Celtics (554).
The Warriors were the most-searched team in 56 countries around the world.
No country had the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues or Kansas City Chiefs as it's No. 1 U.S. team. Maybe the Dutch Blues fan would have something different to say about that.
The study also showed that basketball dominated searches across the globe, with the top 15 most-searched teams all coming from the NBA. Four NFL teams – Cowboys, Buccaneers, Patriots and Packers – and MLS franchise LA Galaxy were also in the top-20. But not MLB teams made the world ranking.
The Warriors popularity is likely due to the franchise's championship run — with 5 straight NBA Finals appearances and winning three titles in the last decade — and the star power of Stephen Curry (and Kevin Durant before he left to the Nets). The Warriors also happen to find themselves back as a juggernaut this year and recently welcomed the return of Klay Thompson.
Using the same metrics, the Dallas Cowboys were named No. 1 in the US, holding onto their "America’s Team" moniker.