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
13,113 8,168
American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
American Football

2
12,535 7,649
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Basketball

3
7,823 7,724
Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

4
9,659 6,309
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Soccer

5
11,123 7,009
Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
mbilhuber added Major League Baseball

6
4,553 5,687
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

7
3,791 5,437
Golf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Golf

8
3,554 5,795
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

9
2,875 4,044
Car Racing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Car Racing

10
2,852 2,981
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

11
2,383 3,197
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

12
2,386 3,084
Track and Field is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Track and Field

13
2,558 3,409
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Volleyball

14
1,738 2,583
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skiing

15
2,082 2,881
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

16
1,682 2,204
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

17
1,586 2,431
Softball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

18
1,604 2,645
Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Wrestling

19
1,237 2,313
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
manio710 added

20
1,292 2,296
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Bowling

21
1,417 2,374
Rugby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rugby

22
1,118 1,848
Gymnastic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Gymnastic

23
979 1,789
Pool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Pool

24
1,162 1,717
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

25
802 1,762
Cycling is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America