Current Sports The Most Popular Sports in America  

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List Rules Vote up any sport you think is a favorite in the US

For the past century, sports have become an important part of American culture. Many of the most popular sports in the world have been American games. A fair number of Americans either participate or follow sports. Children play sports to meet other kids their own age and they teach important tactics, like teamwork, which helps people later on in life. Football, not to be confused with European football or soccer, is one of the most popular American sports. Unlike other sports, football is generally played on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, which allows players and fans time to enjoy and get excited about the games. Since there are only a limited number of football games (depending on the level you're watching), these games are some of the most exciting to watch. The Super Bowl is always the most watched sporting event in the United States, drawing nearly 100 million people to their TVs to watch an event that's distinctly American.

Basketball is another popular American sport that has a worldwide reach. Becoming almost as globally relevant as soccer, basketball and the NBA, in particular, have turned the game from a semi-popular American sport into a game people across the globe love to play.

Vote for the game you think is the most popular American sport on this ultimate list. If you see a sport that isn't on the list and should be added, feel free to.

 

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1
11,463 7,145
American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
American Football

2
10,919 6,692
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Basketball

3
9,715 6,072
Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
mbilhuber added Major League Baseball

4
6,884 6,754
Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

5
8,492 5,377
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Soccer

6
4,067 5,023
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

7
3,182 5,086
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

8
3,382 4,780
Golf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Golf

9
2,497 3,444
Car Racing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Car Racing

10
2,228 2,889
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Volleyball

11
2,338 2,509
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

12
2,105 2,706
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

13
2,072 2,599
Track and Field is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Track and Field

14
1,492 2,217
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skiing

15
1,795 2,484
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

16
1,446 1,874
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

17
1,390 2,048
Softball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

18
1,394 2,277
Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Wrestling

19
1,227 2,035
Rugby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rugby

20
1,086 1,972
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
manio710 added

21
1,132 1,979
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Bowling

22
969 1,558
Gymnastic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Gymnastic

23
832 1,533
Pool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Pool

24
988 1,467
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

25
770 1,517
Horse Racing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Horse Racing

26
691 1,536
Cycling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

27
783 1,338
Skateboading is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skateboading

28
716 1,437
Ultimate Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ultimate Frisbee

29
572 1,359
Water polo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

30
770 1,141
Kickball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
muzziac added Kickball

31
741 1,067
X Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
X Games

32
642 1,383
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

33
738 1,111
Motocross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
s98876 added Motocross

34
705 1,171
Hunting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

35
444 1,213
Cricket is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Cricket

36
476 947
Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Kayaking

37
524 894
Ice Skating is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ice Skating

38
364 1,120
Body Building is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Body Building

39
494 925
Target Shooting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Target Shooting

40
354 1,002
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Roller Skating

41
353 988
Jogging is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added

42
558 618
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

43
454 809
Motorcycle racing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

44
462 776
Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rodeo

45
315 887
Canoeing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

46
362 845
Figure skating is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

47
410 744
Darts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
PaulScanlon added

48
238 931
Fitness Competition is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Fitness Competition

49
364 773
Rugby League is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
MatthewGill added Rugby League

50
396 734
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America