Sports and America go together just as much as bread and butter. Whether they are played or watched, there always seems to be a discussion about a game or athletic event. But, What is the most popular American Sport? It is probably not what you are thinking! Here is a list of the top five sports in the US.
Coming in at number 5, soccer is becoming quite popular in the United States. Even though it is the most popular sport in the world, it is not the most viewed sport in the U.S.A. Pro athletes like Christian Pulisic, Alex Morgan, and Amy Wambach all have helped bring soccer to the spotlight in recent years.
4. Ice Hockey
The next popular sport is brought to you by the NHL. Ever since the “miracle on ice” during the 1980 winter olympics, ice hockey has become one of the most popular indoor pastimes.
Holding its own at number 3, basketball is the next popular game. NBA has produced some of the greatest basketball players like Micheal Jorden and LeBron James. With an estimated 14,000 attendance per match, it is no secret that basketball is the 3rd most popular sport in the United States.
Shockingly, coming in at number 2, is “America’s favorite pastime,” baseball. In 1871 the first professional baseball league was born. By the beginning of the 20th century, most large cities in the eastern United States had a professional baseball team. Since then, baseball took over the nation.
The most popular sport in the United States today is football. People of America are not just watching Football at their homes. Fans are coming by the thousands to watch games on stadiums. In 2012 the league had an average attendance of 67,604 fans at each game. That is more than any other sports league in the world.