Top 5 Popular Sports in the United States

Top 5 Popular Sports in the United States

  • 23.10.2023 12:09

In the United States, there are many sports played competitively, but when it comes to the most popular sports in America, some stand out.

According to information from ExpressVPN's sports streaming report, football is the favorite sport in the country, followed by basketball, soccer, and baseball. Hockey takes the fifth spot. Let's delve into the statistics and streaming data for these sports:

  1. Football (NFL) American football, also known as Gridiron, with over 9 million active participants and 112 million television viewers, is undoubtedly the most beloved and popular sport in America.

It is a widespread sport in the United States, and alongside Australia, the U.S. is the only country that plays the sport at such a high level.

The National Football League (NFL), founded in 1920 in Ohio, is the most popular sports league in America. The NFL reported revenue of $17.19 billion in 2021 and has been steadily gaining popularity since its inception.

  1. Basketball (NBA) This sport has been in existence for over 100 years and is also highly popular in America. In fact, it is one of the oldest professional sports in the country. There are over 25 million active basketball players in the United States.

The National Basketball Association (NBA), founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA), is the second-most popular league in the United States. The NBA reported revenue of $6.41 billion in 2021, and it has experienced consistent growth since its creation.

Basketball dates back to 1891 when James Naismith invented it at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Today, it is played professionally worldwide, including in China. There are professional teams that have won championships at both the national and international levels, such as the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

  1. Soccer (MLS) Soccer, also known as football outside the United States, used to have lower viewership than baseball in the U.S. However, recent studies show that in 2021, it surpassed baseball in popularity.

Soccer is played worldwide, at least since the 19th century, but its popularity has been on the rise, especially after the first World Cup was held on July 13, 1930.

  1. Baseball (MLB) Baseball takes the fourth spot on our list. According to MLB, the sport reported revenue of $6.41 billion in 2021 and has shown consistent growth since its inception. Baseball has over 23 million active participants in the United States.

This sport is played by teams consisting of nine players on each side, and they have nine innings to complete the game. It has evolved to include five different positions: pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, and third baseman.

The objective of the game is to score more runs than your opponent by hitting as many balls as possible and avoiding hits from the opponent's batter or runners.

In each team, there must always be at least one player who is a designated hitter unless there are fewer than two outs.

  1. Hockey (NHL) Hockey was first played in Canada in 1875 on the Victoria Rink. It was eventually introduced to North America in the early 20th century.

Hockey players are divided into the following categories: forwards (scorers), forwards (scorers), defensemen (goal preventers), and goalies (shot stoppers). A typical hockey game consists of two to four periods, each lasting four minutes.