Americans 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
12,656 7,892
American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
American Football

2
12,081 7,381
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Basketball

3
10,692 6,791
Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
mbilhuber added Major League Baseball

4
9,350 6,020
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Soccer

5
7,549 7,375
Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

6
4,413 5,498
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

7
3,445 5,592
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

8
3,675 5,245
Golf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Golf

9
2,779 3,862
Car Racing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Car Racing

10
2,720 2,825
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

11
2,461 3,273
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Volleyball

12
2,305 2,929
Track and Field is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Track and Field

13
2,316 3,036
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

14
1,676 2,458
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skiing

15
1,993 2,758
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

16
1,618 2,095
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

17
1,526 2,311
Softball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

18
1,534 2,535
Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Wrestling

19
1,363 2,277
Rugby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rugby

20
1,197 2,196
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
manio710 added

21
1,246 2,188
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Bowling

22
1,074 1,753
Gymnastic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Gymnastic

23
1,112 1,633
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

24
933 1,698
Pool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Pool

25
768 1,685
Cycling is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America