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 pport on this ultimate list. If you see a sport that isn't on the list and should be added, feel free to.

1
9,727 6,129
American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
American Football

2
9,307 5,712
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Basketball

3
8,336 5,140
Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
mbilhuber added Major League Baseball

4
7,385 4,632
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Soccer

5
5,931 5,741
Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

6
3,571 4,387
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

7
2,805 4,440
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

8
3,002 4,146
Golf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Golf

9
2,137 2,874
Car Racing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Car Racing

10
1,867 2,375
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Volleyball

11
1,781 2,212
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

12
1,792 2,191
Track and Field is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Track and Field

13
1,928 2,083
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

14
1,551 2,090
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

15
1,248 1,876
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skiing

16
1,224 1,560
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added Snowboarding

17
1,186 1,700
Softball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

18
1,218 1,928
Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Wrestling

19
1,063 1,702
Rugby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rugby

20
930 1,659
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
manio710 added Surfing

21
975 1,712
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Bowling

22
822 1,294
Gymnastic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Gymnastic

23
706 1,273
Pool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Pool

24
839 1,225
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

25
662 1,267
Horse Racing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Horse Racing

26
587 1,303
Cycling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

27
614 1,198
Ultimate Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ultimate Frisbee

28
659 1,125
Skateboading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skateboading

29
490 1,154
Water polo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

30
636 886
X Games is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
X Games

31
654 964
Kickball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
muzziac added Kickball

32
546 1,165
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

33
629 936
Motocross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
s98876 added Motocross

34
610 990
Hunting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

35
377 1,006
Cricket is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Cricket

36
456 745
Ice Skating is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ice Skating

37
406 782
Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Kayaking

38
315 939
Body Building is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Body Building

39
425 779
Target Shooting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Target Shooting

40
304 819
Jogging is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Jogging

41
306 853
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Roller Skating

42
386 675
Motorcycle racing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added Motorcycle racing

43
461 507
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

44
322 716
Figure skating is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

45
397 652
Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rodeo

46
278 765
Canoeing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

47
320 648
Rugby League is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
MatthewGill added Rugby League

48
211 798
Fitness Competition is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Fitness Competition

49
347 619
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

50
344 641
Darts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
PaulScanlon added Darts