Success obviously has a lot to do with just how popular sports teams become and it also has a lot to do with how hated teams become. That’s why it is no surprise elite NHL franchises like the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins are among the most hated teams in the league according to a reddit survey.
The Bruins, who won the 2011 title and played in the Stanley Cup Finals again in 2013, are hated all over the country, but the state of Florida seems to especially dislike them.
Of course the Bruins’ territory in New England despise the Bruins’ arch rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. The Chicago Blackhawks, who have won two of the last five championships are the most hated team in the midwest while the Detroit Red Wings are hated in both the midwest and the part of the west. The fans of the Dallas Stars are hung up on a recent memory and most dislike the Anaheim Ducks, the team that eliminated them from the playoffs just a few months ago. The state of California isn’t fond of the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, probably because they eliminated both the Ducks and the San Jose Sharks from the postseason in 2014.
Reddit did the same with the NFL, showing the NewEngland Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are among the most hated teams in the league. In the NBA, nearly everyone in the country hates either the Los Angeles Lakers or Miami Heat (that will probably die down now that the game’s best player, LeBron James has left the Heat in favor of a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers). In fact, the Los Angeles Clippers, who drew hate from the southeast, the Chicago Bulls, who are hated in the midwest and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are hated in northwest because the Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City from Seattle are the only other teams on the list.