Mini-Article – Popularity of the Haru Basho 2019 on Reddit.com

Every basho, I create a chart that tracks the popularity of the basho on Reddit.com/r/sumo, as measured by the number of daily discussion thread comments.  I made one again for the Haru Basho 2019, which includes the popularity of the Kyushu Basho 2018 and the Hatsu Basho 2019.  Click here to see a full-sized image of the chart!

Popularity of the Haru Basho 2019 on Reddit

Of course, this basho was nowhere near as popular as the Hatsu Basho 2019, which peaked around Kisenosato’s retirement, but it was a little more popular than the Kyushu Basho 2019.  I think that the sumo subreddit may be growing, as I do not believe that this basho had anything more dramatic than the Kyushu Basho 2019.  In fact, it may have had a little less to offer, despite the greater number of discussion comments.

In is also interesting the see the predictable trends in the basho popularity.  People comment frequently for the days 1 through 6, calm down for days 7 through 10, increase their comments on days 11 through 14, and then peak on day 15 – unless the basho was decided well in advance.  Neat!

If you have any comments or questions about this post, feel free to email me at NorthAmericanSumo@Gmail.com.  Thanks for reading!

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