A sports betting site says its research shows Patriots fans are among the happiest in the NFL, ranking only below the New Orleans Saints.
The site, OLBG, said its results were based on social media activity from American professional teams – the Red Sox ranked seventh in baseball and the New England Revolution sixth in MLS.
Second-tier Patriots fans will likely see an additional boost of cheer as the players report to training camp in Foxborough on July 26, with practice due to begin the following day.
OLBG said the Patriots fanbase was very happy, based on the team’s average likes on its Twitter and Instagram pages, and the ratio of “love” to “angry” reactions. on content posted about them on Facebook via BuzzSumo.
Social media tracker Social Blade was also used to compare the team’s number of followers, likes and posts to further determine the happiness rate.
Overall, NBA fans are the happiest, followed by MLB and NFL.
Local teams like the Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox can see action on sites like OLBG, but not from their own state, where sports betting remains illegal.
A push for change that has been dragging on for years, ever since the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that the ban on sports betting was unconstitutional.
A bill that would legalize the practice in Massachusetts has passed both the House and the Senate, but the two different versions of the legislation have stark differences that are delaying agreement.
The bill, which passed the House last July, has been in a joint conference committee since the Senate passed its own version in late April. Three representatives and three senators are in negotiations to try to find an agreement, Mariano said.
The goal, according to reports, is to try and get a bill ahead of sports betting promoter Governor Charlie Baker by the end of the legislative session on July 31.
The main difference, House Speaker Ronald Mariano said, is that unlike the House, the Senate does not support college sports betting in its version. He said it would mean a significant loss of revenue because two of the three biggest sports betting events, March Madness and bowling games – the Super Bowl is the other – are college affairs.
“Why would we cede the revenues of the two biggest events to the black market when they could be captured by the gaming institutes which are legal?” Mariano said.
Mariano said Bay State residents also travel to other states to place their bets; sports betting is legal in more than 30 states, including neighboring Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.
State Sen. Brendan Crighton, D-Lynn, who has lobbied for years to legalize the practice, said he supports a provision in his bill that would allow betting on college sports, excluding from those in Massachusetts, where the colleges said they were “strongly opposed.” ”
Other differences between the two versions of the bill relate to tax structure and consumer protections, Crighton said. The House version would tax mobile betting revenue at 15% and retail at 12.5%, while the Senate would tax at a rate of 35% and 20% respectively.
“I hope the conference committee can find a compromise that creates a robust sports betting market with the strongest possible consumer protections,” Crighton said.