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Tennessee least keen on Michael Sam

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As Michael Sam continues his journey to the NFL a recent study has shown just how his announcement that he was gay went down with fans across the nation.

And it doesn't look good for Tennessee or Jacksonville.

Emory University studied the Twitter reaction in the two days following Sam's coming out in order to give a rough idea of how he would be welcomed by the various NFL franchises.

As the study explains:

"The tweets were sorted by market, and analyzed for positive, negative, or neutral sentiment. Looking at the ration of positive, negative, and neutral tweets allowed us to compare Twitter sentiment for Michael Sam across NFL Markets."

The results showed that the New York region had the most positive response, good news for Knicks and Jets fans, while St. Louis and Chicago were second and third in the 31 market table.

One member of the team behind the study believed that the high placings for St. Louis and Kansas City (6th in the list) are likely to be because they are located near the University of Missouri - Michael Sam's college football school.

At the other end of the scale though Nashville tweets were deemed the most negative, followed by Oakland and Green Bay areas.

While the results are obviously a basic outline of reaction in the immediate aftermath of Sam's announcement it will be interesting to see if the draft prospect's team are aware of the results.

Michael Sam's chances of finding an NFL remain hotly debated after the Missouri player had an average display at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. 

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