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 Friday, Saturday 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
10,618 6,642
American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
American Football

2
10,137 6,207
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Basketball

3
9,052 5,608
Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
mbilhuber added Major League Baseball

4
7,940 4,982
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Soccer

5
6,402 6,231
Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

6
3,817 4,701
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

7
2,998 4,762
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

8
3,195 4,458
Golf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Golf

9
2,309 3,178
Car Racing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Car Racing

10
2,040 2,643
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Volleyball

11
2,111 2,291
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

12
1,946 2,474
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

13
1,937 2,413
Track and Field is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Track and Field

14
1,375 2,044
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skiing

15
1,678 2,290
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

16
1,295 1,874
Softball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

17
1,324 1,724
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

18
1,301 2,109
Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Wrestling

19
1,138 1,874
Rugby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rugby

20
1,010 1,816
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
manio710 added

21
1,057 1,842
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Bowling

22
892 1,423
Gymnastic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Gymnastic

23
762 1,405
Pool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Pool

24
911 1,346
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

25
719 1,388
Horse Racing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Horse Racing

26
634 1,422
Cycling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

27
667 1,310
Ultimate Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ultimate Frisbee

28
718 1,235
Skateboading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skateboading

29
540 1,246
Water polo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

30
716 1,050
Kickball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
muzziac added Kickball

31
595 1,270
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

32
676 980
X Games is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
X Games

33
678 1,020
Motocross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
s98876 added Motocross

34
651 1,081
Hunting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

35
409 1,108
Cricket is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Cricket

36
438 858
Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Kayaking

37
484 822
Ice Skating is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ice Skating

38
337 1,028
Body Building is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Body Building

39
461 843
Target Shooting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Target Shooting

40
334 894
Jogging is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added

41
327 922
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Roller Skating

42
420 732
Motorcycle racing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

43
506 560
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

44
430 708
Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rodeo

45
292 825
Canoeing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

46
339 780
Figure skating is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

47
225 863
Fitness Competition is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Fitness Competition

48
340 712
Rugby League is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
MatthewGill added Rugby League

49
376 690
Darts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
PaulScanlon added

50
368 676
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America