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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There are other sports like soccer, hockey, basketball, wrestling, Tennis, and so on but it seem that no other sport is as popular than cricket where cricket is played. With so much technical stuff, interference of the climate, time consuming and not cheap either. So why so many people are just crazy about cricket? Your take? Cricket was originated in England and if you look around you can clearly notice the fact that cricket is only famous in the countries which were under British rule. That is Australia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa. But....that is not the only reason why cricket is so popular in these countries. The game of cricket had all the ingredients in it to become a excellent sport to play. 1. It requires skill and it's a enjoyable process to acquire those skills. --------------------------------------... 2. It teaches patience and composure. --------------------------------------... 3. Cricket is a good game to improve your social skills because when you are getting runs, your team mates cheer for you so that you feel like you belong. --------------------------------------... 4. Cricket keeps your mind alert with deciding how you're going to bowl, where you're going to hit the ball, if you have time for another run and whether you can get there in time to catch the ball In the end........we all know how fun it is to smash the ball down the ground or to rip off the middle stump of the batsman. Cheers to cricket.
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You are forgetting South Africa. With a population of over 50 million. Rugby is definately in the top 3 if not number 1 in RSA
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These stats on rugby are absolute bollocks! Rugby is also the number one sport in Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and definitely South Africa! None of which make the list for supposed 'top 10 sports' If the whole website is run off shoddy stats like this...
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I am from the United States of America and my favorite sport is basketball. My second favorite sport is football.
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Why make your leaderboard from the most viewed world competitions such as the football world cup or rugby union world cup PS. Cricket is not a version of softball it is an ancient English sport. Softball and baseball are varients of the original sport rounders.
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Wow, has no body ever looked at how many registered netball players there are? It would beat most if not all the sports listed here but does not get a mention? Obviously this is written by an American male.
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Obviously this website is done my an American male. Can't believe they don't even mention or list the most popular women's sport in commonwealth countries. In fact in many commonwealth counties like Australia, South Africa, New Zealand & England there are more registered players than rugby. I'm talking about the game "Netball". For the American male that wrote this, it's like basketball but you can't dribble.
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Cricket especially T2020 cricket is most entertaining sports in entire world and i just love cricket. I do love Wrestling, Tennis but cricket is above all.
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I just want to say that horse back riding should be in here. It is a sport. We do more than just sit there and the horse doesn't do all the work. It is in the Olympics. It is done all over the world. We work our butts off. When football players fall they fall like 2inches, we fall more than 5feet. Yeah. They get tackled but we jump fences and can be stepped on by a 1000 pound animal. Their teammate speaks their language when ours can't even speak. Every time we practice we do all the talking. We do know the risks at hand when riding but we do it anyway. When we mess up or fall off we get back on and start again until we get it right. Who's the athlete now?
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In my decisions the top 5 sports are (1)Softball (2)hockey (3)basketball (4)snowboarding
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Cricket is arguably the second most Popular game , Cricket is the most Popular sport in India , Pakistan , Bangladesh , Sri Lanka , Afghanistan , Nepal , Zimbabwe , Botswana , Trinidad and Tobago and is also closely followed in many other countries.
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I think cricket is 2nd most popular game in the world .. T20 format is becoming more popular .. Besides the countries you have shown ... Italy,hong kong,denmark,uganda and papua new guinea have also taken part in icc t20 world cup 2014
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I want to know the sport there have most players, and how many coutries there are in FIBA, FIFA there are the most popular sport after your knowles?
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I love softball and think Softball is more popular
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Cricket has been around since before baseball and softball. Please do not reference cricket in the same sentence as those two sports. There are significant difference. It is like calling American Football similar to Soccer.
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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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"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.


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


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


-Eddibacco

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.


-tfish

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.


-Mariogabrieleandrett

WHAT IS SQUASH?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!


-popular

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.


-Akemi Mokoto

When did you write this article ?


-X-3st-x

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.


-Cristiano

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.


-Guest

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 howdifficultthe track and how hot it is.(http://www.streetdirectory.com.... 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.


-Akemi Mokoto

What about Lacrosse guys


-Cjrhodes33

How is cricket higher than volleyball


-Mike




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