Raiders just the sixth-most popular NFL team in Las Vegas, map says

If an interactive map based on NFL ticket data and fan social media data is to believed, the Oakland Raiders are fleeing a market where there are more 49ers fans than Raiders fans, for another market where there are more 49ers fans than Raiders fans.

According to a new map from Vivid Seats, the most popular NFL team in Clark County, Nev. is the Los Angeles Rams, and data shows there are more 49ers fans than Raiders fans in the county.

The map displays each U.S. county’s “favorite team,” determined by Vivid Seats ticket data from the 2018 season as well as social media data from social publishing platform opendorse.

Data provided to SFGate shows that the Raiders are just the sixth-most popular team in Clark County. The Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers all more popular than the Oakland-soon-to-be-Las-Vegas Raiders.

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In addition, the 49ers are the most popular team in adjacent Lincoln County, suggesting there are more 49ers fans than Raiders fans elsewhere in Southern Nevada.

According to the map, the San Francisco 49ers are the favorite team of every single Bay Area county with the exception of Napa, which is where Raiders training camp is every season.

For whatever reason, residents of Calaveras County in Central California are big Dallas Cowboy fans, and residents of adjacent Tuolumne County really like the Green Bay Packers.

The map also includes the “favorite player” of each county, although not much of that data makes a whole lot of sense. If the data is to be believed, newly acquired safety Tyrann Mathieu is more popular than reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes among Kansas City Chiefs fans, and third-option wideout Mohamed Sanu is more popular than All-Pro receiver Julio Jones among Atlanta Falcons fans.

So yeah, the “favorite player” section probably doesn’t mean anything, as it would likely be impossible to glean that information solely from ticket data, and social media impressions is a generally unreliable indicator of popularity.

You can play with the full interactive map here.

Eric Ting is an SFGate staff writer. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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