The MostHeart Racing Sports

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What sport keeps fans
on the edge of their
seat the most?

Most sports fans will know the feeling of watching your favorite team. Those heart-stopping moments when they come close to winning, and the pure despair when they miss out.

OnlineGambling.ca hooked 40 avid sports fans to heart monitors in order to track their heart rate throughout a game, discovering which sporting moments got people’s pulses pumping.

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NFL REVEALED AS THE MOST
HEART RACING SPORT

Taking first place as the most heart racing sport is the NFL, with the highest heart rate reading at 137 BPM compared to the usual resting heart rate of 60 - 100 BPM.

Coming closely behind is soccer, with the highest BPM reaching a humongous 136, showing that it’s not just NFL fans that get gripped to the game.

In third place is basketball with the highest BPM at 125.

NFL is the most heart racing sport
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These are the sports stars that
get people the most excited

Not only did the study analyze the impact of sport on people’s pulses, it also looked at the sports stars that were playing during the game. The data revealed that the games that got people’s heart rates pumping featured the likes of NFL legend Tom Brady, basketball icon LeBron James and tennis champ Andy Murray all got people’s hearts going crazy.

Main Players #1 & #2

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

137bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

136bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

LeBron James

LeBron James

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

125bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Alex Bregman

Alex Bregman

124bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

116bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

105bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Anthony Watson

Anthony Watson

Tom Curry

Tom Curry

104bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua

Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev

101bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Joe Burns

Joe Burns

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

99bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Arthur Kaliyev

Arthur Kaliyev

Ryan Suter

Ryan Suter

99bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Dave Chisnall

Dave Chisnall

Michael Van Gerwen

Michael Van Gerwen

98bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar

Rory Sabbatini

Rory Sabbatini

97bpm

Main Players #1 & #2

Julian Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe

Chris Froome

Chris Froome

95bpm

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Angry

Golf fanatics are the angriest fans on social media

We also wanted to see how these sports fans react to their teams on social media. Despite its calm manner of playing, it seems golf fans are the angriest, with 42% of all tweets about the sport being classified as an angry comment. Whereas, cricket and ice hockey fans show the most love for their team, with 38% of their social media posts being filled with love. Basketball fans seem to be the most sad with their teams’ results, with 38% of reactions being unhappy.

Click through the emoji's to find which reaction had the highest percentage on social media for each sport.

Sport Love ReactionLove
NFL
34%
Soccer
25%
NBA Basketball
38%
Baseball
25%
Tennis
53%
Formula One
42%
Rugby
47%
Boxing
24%
Cricket
58%
Ice Hockey
58%
Darts
47%
Golf
16%
Cycling
38%
Sport Angry ReactionLove
NFL
21%
Soccer
28%
NBA Basketball
9%
Baseball
26%
Tennis
8%
Formula One
13%
Rugby
9%
Boxing
19%
Cricket
4%
Ice Hockey
13%
Darts
13%
Golf
42%
Cycling
11%
Sport Happy ReactionLove
NFL
18%
Soccer
31%
NBA Basketball
9%
Baseball
9%
Tennis
17%
Formula One
19%
Rugby
20%
Boxing
37%
Cricket
19%
Ice Hockey
3%
Darts
15%
Golf
23%
Cycling
12%
Sport Sad ReactionLove
NFL
19%
Soccer
9%
NBA Basketball
38%
Baseball
34%
Tennis
13%
Formula One
18%
Rugby
17%
Boxing
12%
Cricket
13%
Ice Hockey
20%
Darts
15%
Golf
9%
Cycling
27%
Sport Wow ReactionLove
NFL
7%
Soccer
6%
NBA Basketball
7%
Baseball
6%
Tennis
9%
Formula One
9%
Rugby
7%
Boxing
8%
Cricket
6%
Ice Hockey
6%
Darts
9%
Golf
11%
Cycling
11%
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Methodology

We monitored and analyzed the heart rates of 40 people as they watched their favorite sports game to see whose heart rate went up the most compared to the others. We then looked at the players that were in the games to see which sports players got their fans the most excited. Furthermore, we used BuzzSumo to analyze social reactions on Twitter to each sport.