Most Popular Sports in America

American Football1) American Football: 'Football' (American Football) is the most popular sport in America. Ohio league was the first professional football league established in 1903. About 20 years later, name Ohio league was replaced with National Football League(NFL). The highest level competitions in the USA are organized under the NFL. As of 2012, American Football is also the most watched sports on television in country.

American Football popularity

Baseball2) Baseball: Baseball, also known as United State's "national pastime" is one of the most popular sports in the country. Broadly, competitions are held at two levels - minor league baseball and major league baseball (MLB). These leagues are followed by audience not only in United States, but worldwide.

Baseball popularity

Basketball3) Basketball: Baseball and American Football are closely followed by Basketball in terms of sports popularity in the United States. The NBA (National Basketball Association) competitions, like the MLB and NFL, are followed not only in the United States but throughout the world.

Basketball popularity

Ice Hockey4) Ice Hockey: Ice hockey is the next in the list of most popular sports in USA. Ice hockey originated in the neighbouring country - Canada and soon gained popularity in North America. National Hockey League (NHL), the oldest international Ice Hockey competetion, was founded in Northen America. In 1960, America obtained its first Gold Medal in Winters Olympics. With the introduction of artificial ice rinks, Ice-Hockey has today become a very popular passtime indoor sport.

Ice Hockey popularity

Football (Soccer)5) Football (Soccer): The United States of America is one of the few countries where Soccer does not enjoy a top spot in terms of popularity.

Football (Soccer) popularity


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Ken said on 2018-06-08 22:40:12:

LOL Basketball and baesball are activities not sports lmfao and football is boring as fuck! Indycar or WEC or MMA are where its at like come on expand your mind of what the human body is capable of, I know hundreds of people who could legit demolish the kids in the nba and nfl and people watch that shit? no wonder america is so fat

kaitlyn said on 2018-01-21 23:30:57:

Where I live soccer is definitely more popular than ice hockey and baseball.

Get your facts right - Badminton was established in British India and later in England. America wasn't even a founding member of the IBF... (sources at bottom of article)


How was this data compiled? Website rankings? Polls? Ticket Sales? Merchandise sales? Qualitative guesses? I'd be very interested in the source. Thanks!





all the butt hurt comments defending their favorite sport need to give it a rest, this list is trying to compile facts, not opinions or tastes. American football is, far and away the most popular sport in America, and if you separate ncaa from nfl then it's almost the top two. Just because it's the most popular doesn't make it the best, although in this case it is, just look at music, ducking Mariah Carey has had more number one ( most popular ) hits than anyone else, and especially on this sports site I don't think many will try to assert that that makes her the best. As for nascar and golf being sports, of course they are. They both take insane skill ( anyone can drive/ hit a golf ball, just like anyone can throw a football, but we see how many people can do it well enough to reach the pinnacle), and both take athletic ability to compete at that level. In my opinion hockey SHOULD be the number two sport, but it's not so I don't argue with facts. And come on, lacrosse in the top five? Yea right, lacrosse is terrible, hit the rink instead and play a game in hockey that supersedes any and all of the draws of lacrosse... lacrosse? come on


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Nice to see footbal beat baseball.

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"America"? It's UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA you know), or are both continents represented by the flag of the USA?

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Is soccer really that popular? Are there statistics to back this up? I can't remember the last time I heard about a soccer game, but tennis and MMA, yes, I've definitely heard buzz about them.


I know for a fact rugby is more popular in the US than Squash.




Uhmmm this article must be old!! Football is #1....duh.


This is top 20 in AMERICA not in the world so shut you mouth you dumb frenchy


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Baseball has way passed the American pastime. 


You Got This About Right. Football By A Mile Is Way Better. I Don't Know Why It Is The Number 10 Sport In The World. More People Watch The Super Bowl Than Any Other Sport Event Including The World Series(baseball) Finals(basketball) Wrestlemania(wwe) BCS Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl etc. (college Football).Soccer Golf E're Thang Bitches.


nope you got it all wrong soccer then softball then basketball then cheerleading


because football is only really popular in the states duurrrrr. other countries dont like watching gay men in tights slapping each others asses, and doing gay stuff like that.


based upon attendance each season ,  baseball would be #1.


I'm wondering if you are taking collegiate athletics into consideration, because the top 3 most popular sports are obviously football, basketball, and then baseball in that order. No one watches collegiate baseball, but the followings of collegiate football and basketball are maybe the largest sports followings in the US.


Actually, NASCAR is more of an activity. What defines a sport is that the sport gives you physical activity (not necessarily Cardiovascular). NASCAR requires no physical workout unless if you count getting angry after you loose. And even if something does give you physical activity or aim/coordination does not define it as a sport. Take acting. Acting is not a sport, it is acting. Chess is a game, not a sport, same with bowling and golf. 
The Greek term for sport is Αθλητισμός (athlitismos), a direct cognate with the English terms "athlete" and "athleticism." Sorry, but NASCAR is not a sport.


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This is nonsense. NASCAR is the 2nd most popular sport(and it is a sport). This poll is either bias or bullshit...wait, same thing. 

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When did you write this article ?


because everyone else in the world sees it as a wussy version of rugby, which has twice the physical contact without pads and no breaks every 10 seconds. not to mention only about 309 million people watch american football where as 6 billion tune in to watch futebol. 


Judging by the amount of attention each sport receives by the media and people in general, I would assume the most popular sports in the US are (in order): football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, tennis, boxing/mma, nascar, skateboarding/bmx, soccer, surfing, snowboarding/skiing, cycling, swimming, volleyball... and the rest are barely on the radar.


Then you do not know shit about NASCAR. It is an extremely physical SPORT and requires a lot of training. During an entire race, a driver can lose a few pounds, depending on how difficult the track and how hot it is.( Despite the stupid ass belief that it is NOT a sport, it actually is a sport and if you bother reading the sports section of your local news paper or reading any sports website's NASCAR section, you'd know that. It is a sport. Educate yourself.

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What about Lacrosse guys


How is cricket higher than volleyball


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