It is often said that sports are a universal language, spoken by men of various background, nationality and ethnic tribe. The validity of this statement can be traced back to world war I when rivals soldiers of the British and German Army held a football match in no Man’s Land during a Christmas period truce in 1914. The unifying bond of sports is still evident in the present era. During major championship finals such as the FIFA World Cup Final, the UEFA Champions League Final, the NBA playoffs Final or the Stanley Cup Finals, the world can be said to be at a standstill. But among the plethora of sports event held in the present era, few have attracted a considerable large amount of attention. The attention granted to these sports events differ based on geographical locations—this has inspired our edition of the top-10 most popular sports in America in 2020.
The United States remains a country with remarkable sports heritage, from luxury horse racing, high school basketball tournament to the star-studded Major Soccer League. Sports are one of the major activities that dominate the social activity of the average American. As the love of sports continue to be predominant, We bring you the 10 most popular sports in the United States, from the least favourite to the most favourite.
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Undoubtedly and unarguably one of the most-watched and popular sports in the USA, several stars in wrestling have seen their fame rise to the point that Hollywood has beckoned on them. The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) considered to be the pinnacle of professional wrestling, has been the major factor that has attracted millions to the sports. The rise of several other pro wrestling events such as All Elite Wrestling will further consolidate Wrestling as one of the most popular sports in America.
Motorsports is the second most-watched sports on the American Continent. Its prominence has risen with the arrival of several young stars in the game some of which are Americans have helped build the interest of a good number of Americans in the Motorsports. Formula 1 particularly has been a form of a crusader for followers and lovers of Motorsports.
Americans have shown a great deal of interest in the game of boxing since the 20th century. At the peak of his career, Mohammed Ali trail fans with his dramatic wins with his unbeatable record. His demise from the boxing scene did not discourage viewers in the US. In recent years, Floyd Mayweather has assumed the role Mohammed Ali played in the 20th century. The emergence of several Americans on the boxing scene globally has further helped make boxing one of the top sports in America.
In the US, the game of golf is one that is a favourite pastime for many. As a competitive sport, Tiger Woods surely brought the game of golf to the fore in American sports. The sports has been intensely competitive in recent years, as the intensity of the game increases, the attention it has received has skyrocketed.
At the International scene, tennis is a game dominated by Americans, the Williams sisters, as well as a lot of American players, have helped make tennis, one of the most popular sports in America. Long before the emergence of the Williams sisters, tennis legends such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, helped bring the sports in the American public eye. Various tennis tournaments majorly the US Open have seen a tremendous increase in viewers.
5. Ice Hockey
Ice Hockey in the US which is played at the Apex level at the National Hockey League (NHL) is home to a plethora of youthful talents majorly from American and Canada. The majority of Americans in the sports may be a reasonable factor responsible for the large viewers, Ice Hockey has managed to garner. In 2019, about 5.33 million viewers watched the NHL Stanley Cup games in the US, the second-highest in the past five years.
A sport which will definitely be at the top spot in Europe, lands in the fourth space in America. In recent years, Americans have shown considerable interest in soccer. Their interest in soccer has gone way past the Major League Soccer (MLS) which has seen the influx of some of Europe’s finest players, such as the controversial Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney. The 2019 women World Cup Final which was won by the USA, was viewed by 14.3 million viewers in the USA, a significant increase compared to the Men World Cup Final in 2018.
One of the most notable sports in America, Basketball which has been played for than a century has produced some of the most eminent personality in the USA. The sports have garnered significant attention at various levels, from high school basketball to college basketball, and then the prestigious NBA. The 2019 NBA Finals was at it’s lowest in the past five years with about 15.14 million viewers in the USA. The NBA Finals also reached an average of 8.8 TV rating.
Known nationally as the USA’s national past time, Baseball is a sport that can continue to receive significant attention for American sports lovers. The star-studded Major League Baseball which features a whole lot of players known for their remarkable antics. In July 2019, the MOB recorded an average of 198,000 viewers, a 1% jump from last season.
1. American Football
Incepted in New Jersey in 1869, American Football has risen in more than a century to become the most popular sports in the US. The National Football League, known as the NFL, has seen an increased in viewers in recent following years of decline in viewers amidst a political motivated controversial. The 2019 NFL Draft set a record for the most NFL draft watched ever with an average of 6.1 million viewers, solidifying American football as the no. #1 trending most popular sports in America.
There you have it—our list of the top-10 most popular sports in America in the year 2020. Which of the favourite sports in the US did you expect on this list? Please share in the comments section below.