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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 game 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 that has a worldwide reach. Becoming almost as globally relevant as soccer, basketball and the NBA in particular have turned the game into 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
7,236 4,687
American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
American Football

2
6,992 4,423
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Basketball

3
6,248 3,953
Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
mbilhuber added Major League Baseball

4
4,596 4,481
Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

5
5,526 3,620
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Soccer

6
2,731 3,377
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

7
2,099 3,506
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

8
2,222 3,230
Golf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Golf

9
1,716 2,267
Car Racing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Car Racing

10
1,455 1,866
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Volleyball

11
1,381 1,736
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

12
1,390 1,739
Track and Field is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Track and Field

13
1,457 1,662
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

14
1,213 1,642
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

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15
958 1,451
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skiing

16
951 1,178
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added Snowboarding

17
961 1,521
Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Wrestling

18
876 1,303
Softball is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

19
829 1,319
Rugby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rugby

20
709 1,285
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
manio710 added Surfing

21
765 1,325
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Bowling

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22
627 994
Gymnastic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Gymnastic

23
666 931
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

24
546 983
Pool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Pool

25
502 989
Horse Racing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Horse Racing

26
477 913
Ultimate Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ultimate Frisbee

27
449 1,029
Cycling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

28
497 863
Skateboading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skateboading

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29
386 862
Water polo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

30
510 719
Kickball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
muzziac added Kickball

31
504 700
Motocross is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
s98876 added Motocross

32
424 883
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

33
471 669
X Games is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
X Games

34
477 743
Hunting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

35
283 770
Cricket is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Cricket

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36
344 590
Target Shooting is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Target Shooting

37
311 600
Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Kayaking

38
344 573
Ice Skating is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ice Skating

39
243 722
Body Building is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Body Building

40
249 657
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Roller Skating

41
228 626
Jogging is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Jogging

42
295 514
Motorcycle racing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added Motorcycle racing

The Best MMA Fighters from United States

43
221 584
Canoeing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

44
338 373
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

45
236 544
Figure skating is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

46
289 499
Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rodeo

47
167 617
Fitness Competition is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Fitness Competition

48
245 508
Rugby League is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
MatthewGill added Rugby League

49
270 469
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

50
270 493
Darts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
PaulScanlon added Darts