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
10,991 6,865
American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
American Football

2
10,485 6,416
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Basketball

3
9,337 5,807
Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
mbilhuber added Major League Baseball

4
6,611 6,462
Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

5
8,211 5,177
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Soccer

6
3,942 4,861
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

7
3,080 4,920
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

8
3,285 4,605
Golf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Golf

9
2,381 3,315
Car Racing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Car Racing

10
2,128 2,763
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Volleyball

11
2,206 2,404
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

12
2,020 2,587
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

13
2,001 2,507
Track and Field is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Track and Field

14
1,422 2,131
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skiing

15
1,727 2,388
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

16
1,338 1,962
Softball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

17
1,375 1,799
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

18
1,342 2,188
Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Wrestling

19
1,183 1,950
Rugby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rugby

20
1,038 1,894
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
manio710 added

21
1,093 1,909
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Bowling

22
927 1,489
Gymnastic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Gymnastic

23
791 1,471
Pool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Pool

24
946 1,403
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

25
743 1,451
Horse Racing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Horse Racing

26
661 1,478
Cycling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

27
694 1,372
Ultimate Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ultimate Frisbee

28
745 1,289
Skateboading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skateboading

29
553 1,305
Water polo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

30
741 1,095
Kickball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
muzziac added Kickball

31
710 1,021
X Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
X Games

32
616 1,327
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

33
706 1,069
Motocross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
s98876 added Motocross

34
674 1,126
Hunting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

35
427 1,159
Cricket is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Cricket

36
459 901
Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Kayaking

37
500 862
Ice Skating is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ice Skating

38
353 1,075
Body Building is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Body Building

39
470 888
Target Shooting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Target Shooting

40
343 939
Jogging is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added

41
337 962
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Roller Skating

42
529 589
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

43
430 775
Motorcycle racing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

44
444 741
Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rodeo

45
300 855
Canoeing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

46
349 811
Figure skating is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

47
231 894
Fitness Competition is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Fitness Competition

48
393 716
Darts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
PaulScanlon added

49
349 741
Rugby League is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
MatthewGill added Rugby League

50
381 704
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America