Using Google search queries to determine the most popular athletes in the country, a sports blog has been able to determine the most popular athlete and sports team in each of the 50 states.
According to the search data compiled by BestTickets.com, LeBron James was searched for more than any other athlete in 23 states, making him the most popular athlete in the country, especially in the eastern half.
His name is searched more than 1.8 million times a month on Google, that's more thanKobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather, who rank second and third respectively. Peyton Manning is the most-searched for name in seven states. And in Hawaii, Manti Te'o is the most popular athlete.
The search data has also determined that the Denver Broncos are the most popular NFL team, the Miami Heat are the most popular NBA team, the Yankees are baseball's most-popular team, and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the most-searched NHL team. (BestTickets.com)