Thursday, 12 April 2012

6 most popular sports in the world

Have you ever wondered what the most watched sport in the world is? Football? Basketball? NFL? Cricket? You do not need think about it anymore because this list will give you the answer to that question.

1. Football  

With over 3.5 million fans, football is by far the most watched sport in the world. Most of the stadiums in the world are football stadiums; most sports equipment sold is related to football, too. The biggest competitions in the world are from football: the World Cup, Champions League, European Championship, and Concacaf Cup, and not to mention a number of national leagues. The last final of the World Cup in Africa was watched by around 715.1 million people and it is the most watched sporting event ever.

2. Cricket  

This was an extremely popular game since it was created. It was created in England in the 16th century. The World Cup in Cricket in 2007, had a total attendance of 672 000 fans, and it was covered by more than 200 countries with a total audience of 2.2 billion. The World Cup in 2011 was broadcasted in more than 220 countries.

3. Basketball  

Basketball is followed by more than 2 billion people, mostly in the United States and Europe. NBA is the most popular basketball league, where the matches are so crowded that there is no seat left on a game. League itself has a viewership of about 1.5 to 2 million per game, while popular Draft has a viewership of about 12 million fans.

4. Tennis  

Wimbledon has an average viewership of 2.2 million viewers per game; U.S. Open has a total audience of 63.5 million with an average of 10 million viewers per match. Tennis originated in Britain and then it spread to the countries in which English is the primary language. It is also an Olympic sport. In tennis, there are some big tournaments: Grand Slam tournaments, Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open, which are highly watched.

5. Auto Racing  

Auto racing, race or Moto, is one of the most frequently broadcasted sports on TV. The most popular branch of the sport is Formula 1. There is also NASCAR race, race karts and rally racing. Grand Prix was established in1894 in France, and it was a test of endurance for both the driver and the automobile. Later, it evolved into formula and then into Formula 1. Today the championship in Formula 1 bears the name Grand Prix.

6. Horse Racing  

Horse races have evolved from ancient chariot races. Race horses are closely associated with gambling and the profit of last year from this sport was greater than 115 billion dollars. This is a sport that is closely associated with the elite, models and celebrities who are frequent visitors to these events.

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