If you’ve seen or heard of an important sporting moment in your life, chances are there was a broadcaster that told you about it.
Broadcasters can make or break a game for a sports fan and because of this there are only certain play-by-play announcers and analysts that fans love to hear on their radio or see on their TV screen. They could be funny, they could be knowledgeable, or they could have the Lord’s voice in person.
But no matter who they are, no one channel is liked by everyone. That said, there are still a few that people like more than most.
Polling data reveals New York’s most popular national sports channels
The Loupe recently analyzed Google search data from May 2021 to May 2022 from the desktops of sports fans, all of whom searched online for their favorite sports channels. The results were collated and a master list of the ‘most popular’ stations across the country was created.
Regarding the Empire State, Sports fans searched the name of ESPN’s Steve Levy the mostand takes home the award for New York’s favorite national broadcaster.
Levy was also popular across the country as, according to the analyzed data, he was one of the top six broadcasters currently working in the United States.
Here are the other stations that cracked this list:
- Jim Nantz (most searched name in seven states)
- Steve Levy (most searched name in six states)
- Louis Riddick (most searched name in three states)
- Doris Burke (most searched name in three states)
- Greg Olsen (most searched name in three states)
- Jonathan Vilma (most searched name in three states)
Other big names, including Joe Buck, Bob Costas, and Al Michaels, were also “most popular” in certain states, but not popular enough to work their way to the top of the list.
Here are some of the names that sports fans have searched for in states around New York:
- New Jersey: Steve Levy
- Massachusetts: Steve Levy
- Connecticut: Jim Nantz
- Vermont: Bob Costas
- Pennsylvania: Louis Riddick
- New Hampshire: Mike “Doc” Emrick
A quick thank you to the hockey fans of New Hampshire for keeping Doc Emrick relevant online. I have great respect for that.
These results tell me this: Sports fans love football and love watching it on TV. The vast majority of the stations considered “most popular” in each state have an NFL or NCAA football affiliation. Aside from Doris Burke and the aforementioned Emrick, there are very few casters who don’t work in some capacity in football that have made the list.
Personally, I’m a huge Steve Levy fan and I’m glad other Empire State Football fans agree.
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