The most popular professional sports in the U.S. would be: 1. football 2. basketball 3.baseball . . But if you are talking about spec. Wise NASCAR is number 1.Relative Popularity of Pro Sports "Popularity" could be interpreted in a number of ways. It could be the number of fans. If so, what qualifies someone as a fan? You might measure popularity by TV and radio audience ratings, i.e. how many follow the games, or how many people attend the games, via ticket sales stats. But these wouldn't be perfect gauges of popularity. Stadiums are different sizes, and the potential markets are different sizes. The best method of measuring popularity might be to survey people and find out how they rank spectator sports relative to each other.
According to ESPN's survey: * Football was first. * Baseball was second. * Basketball was third. Those were followed by College Football, College Basketball, then NASCAR, which had something like 2.2 percent of the population. NASCAR is the biggest sport in certain areas, e.g. in Daytona and Alabama.
Yet another method might be to measure sales of logo gear. For the 1990s, here is that list: 1.) National Football League 2.) National Basketball Association 3.) Major League Baseball 4.) NCAA & other college sports 5.) National Hockey League Football and baseball were closely tied for first at the beginning of the decade. Football overtook baseball in terms of merchandise sales around 1993. The 1994-1995 MLB strike put the final nail in the coffin. The strike seriously damaged professional baseball's fan base. Basketball overtook baseball shortly after 1994. In addition to the baseball strike, this was the Michael Jordan-Chicago Bulls era. Sales of NFL and NBA gear still far exceed sales of MLB gear. However, it should be noted that this is worldwide. It is not limited to sales inside the US. People around the world wear NY Yankees, Chicago Bulls, Oakland Raiders, etc. gear without being fans. Basketball, especially, began to gain international popularity in the mid-1990s. It is now believed to be second only to soccer (what the rest of the world calls football) in world popularity. In recent years, NASCAR racing has become hugely popular in the United States. The "sport" of pro wrestling has also made a big comeback.
In the United States today, a reasonable estimate of the popularity order might be: * NFL (National Football League) * NBA (National Basketball Association) * MLB (Major League Baseball) * NCAA football (college football) * NCAA basketball (college basketball) * NASCAR (stock car racing) * NHL (National Hockey League) * MLS (Major League Soccer) * WWE (professional wrestling) * AFL (Arena Football League) * WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association) * IRL (Indy Racing League) Some might challenge whether basketball is above baseball in the US. Baseball is "America's Pastime" and still holds a special place in many Americans' hearts. The popularity of college sports is often underestimated by people who don't follow these leagues. For an example of the size of their fan bases, here is the capacity of a few college football stadiums: * Tennessee's Neyland Stadium: 104,079 * Michigan's "Big House": 107,501 * Ohio Stadium, "The Horse Shoe": 101,568 * Penn State University's Beaver Stadium: 107,282 2004 attendance numbers for all 118 Division I-A schools was 30,270,687. That's just Division I-A college football, it does not include other divisions or other collegiate sports.
The previous post is very interesting. A more accurate analysis would say that baseball in the US is above NBA basketball. the importance of the World Series far pass the NBA finals, as event, tv ratings, etc. red sox win or ChiSox this year had far more impact that any NBA event. even in Jordan's city , analysts place sox win as 2nd most important sporting event after Bears Superbowl. And all recent surveys say MLB is favorite to NBA in this country. You should also check merchandising sales in the US for 2005 as I think MLB have again passed NBA.
To the replied post, you mentioned two specific World Series which had special "issues" for lack of a better word. With both teams they were traditional underdogs overcoming historical trend, which caused more people to tune in. Granted the NBA Finals do not pull in the same type of viewership as the Super Bowl, I believe you have to look at the bigger picture than just seeing what the last two World Series brought. Whose to say if a beloved NBA team finally had a great season and went all the way that they wouldn't have the type of impact as a Red Sox or ChiSox victory in the World Series... to the reply, sorry no. it's unrealistic... you're probably a die hard basketball fan. no NBA finals beat the worst WS TV ratings... when sports weekly covers only baseball and football it's because of something...
Rank popularity of the sports in the U.S. would be..
5. tennis 1/5
- Association Football (Soccer In The USA)
- Field Hockey
- Ice Hockey
- American Football
all time its Baseball, football, American football, Basketball, tennis for right now its Football, American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis if there is a lockout for football it will be Baseball, football, basketball, tennis, hockey, cricket, croquet, then American football.
I think that part of the reason is because the US has such a huge population. With that many people, there are tons of opportunities to form teams and find places to try new sports and activities, and also there are enough athletes there to provide a lot of healthy competition.
Baseball has always been considered America's past time. Basketball, ootball, Nascar, and depending on the region, hockey are all very popular as well.
There are several types of sky sports that are popular in the United States although all are not available and some are illegal such as base jumping. Sky diving and parachuting would be very popular.
Baseball began in the United States in 1865. Today, baseball is one of the most popular sports in the United States.
Fox Sports - United States - was created in 1994.
well because in the United States soccer isnt as popular as football or baseball and other sports like that.Soccer isnt as popular in the United States. If you want to watch more MLS you can probably buy different sports channels on your t.v.
There are plenty of sports popular in metropolitan areas, and they vary in popularity by region. In the United States, the NBA (basketball), NFL (American football), and MLB (baseball) are popular throughout the states. In the northern states, many people take great interest in the NHL (hockey) as well.
United States Specialty Sports Association was created in 1968.
Yes. Both baseball and basketball are very popular in many cities throughout the United States.
Barcelona has one major sports team it is the Futbol Club Barcelona. It is a popular sports team. It currently does not have the United States on their schedule for competition.
I think of Micheal phelps,Kobe Bryant,Serena Williams
YEs baseball does exist it is a very popular sports especially in the united states but is played all around the globe.
Canada has many of the same sports as the United States: baseball is very popular, and so is basketball. Canadians enjoy football (although Canadian football rules are slightly different from those in the United States), and they are also fond of a sport called curling. But the most popular sport in Canada is probably ice hockey.
The most popular president of the United States was Bill Clinton.