The Los Angeles Dodgers are No. 1 in the City of Angels and we have the charts to prove that they are L.A.’s favorite team! According to a Loyola Marymount survey, Los Angeles residents were asked to name their favorite professional sports team.
As reported by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have finally surpassed the Lakers after four years.
“I’ve seen how the Dodgers can be as big as the Lakers,” Magic Johnson said when he announced his pursuit of an ownership stake in the Dodgers in 2011, “and I want that to happen again.”
Magic, your prayers have been answered!
Here are the following results of the survey:
- Dodgers- 36%
- Lakers- 35%
- Clippers- 7%
- Angels and Kings- 6%
- Galaxy and Rams- 5%
- Sparks- 0.2%
The survey was conducted in January by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles. The question that was asked to 2,400 L.A. residents, “What is your favorite professional sports team with L.A. in its name?”
“The first thing we said we wanted to do was to bring the fans back,” Johnson said last Saturday, after the Dodgers unveiled a statue of Jackie Robinson.
“The second thing we wanted to do was to put money into the stadium. We put over $250 million into the stadium, to upgrade it for our great fan base. We wanted to make the team better, so we invested in the players. The next thing we wanted to do was to honor Jackie Robinson, and we’ve done that.”
It is no surprise that the Dodgers have had more more success than the Los Angeles Lakers, especially in the last four seasons.
Johnson, along with Guggenheim Baseball, took over ownership of the Dodgers in 2012. L.A.’s favorite team went into bankruptcy and had a low attendance rate and payroll. Since then, the team has “led the majors in both categories and advanced to the playoffs,” said Shaikin.
Magic Johnson and the Dodgers have one more thing to take off their checklist.
“Check. Check. Check. Check. We’ve got one more box to check, and that is winning the World Series.”
So, these great Dodger fans have been waiting since 1988 to hoist up that beautiful World Series trophy and they cannot wait any longer.