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
9,051 5,787
American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
American Football

2
8,693 5,401
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Basketball

3
7,814 4,837
Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
mbilhuber added Major League Baseball

4
5,578 5,407
Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

5
6,946 4,378
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Soccer

6
3,380 4,136
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

7
2,829 3,905
Golf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Golf

8
2,626 4,211
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

9
2,003 2,694
Car Racing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Car Racing

10
1,669 2,050
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

11
1,729 2,222
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Volleyball

12
1,683 2,040
Track and Field is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Track and Field

13
1,784 1,955
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

14
1,161 1,744
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skiing

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15
1,451 1,961
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

16
1,137 1,453
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added Snowboarding

17
1,090 1,586
Softball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

18
1,142 1,805
Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Wrestling

19
988 1,597
Rugby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rugby

20
863 1,550
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
manio710 added Surfing

21
909 1,605
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Bowling

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22
760 1,201
Gymnastic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Gymnastic

23
651 1,183
Pool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Pool

24
783 1,135
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

25
614 1,179
Horse Racing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Horse Racing

26
554 1,212
Cycling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

27
565 1,111
Ultimate Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ultimate Frisbee

28
598 1,046
Skateboading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skateboading

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29
453 1,066
Water polo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

30
601 897
Kickball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
muzziac added Kickball

31
579 822
X Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
X Games

32
592 871
Motocross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
s98876 added Motocross

33
496 1,089
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

34
567 919
Hunting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

35
345 936
Cricket is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Cricket

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36
421 694
Ice Skating is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ice Skating

37
374 731
Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Kayaking

38
295 874
Body Building is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Body Building

39
398 726
Target Shooting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Target Shooting

40
282 799
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Roller Skating

41
276 764
Jogging is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Jogging

42
354 629
Motorcycle racing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added Motorcycle racing

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43
419 471
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

44
258 718
Canoeing is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

45
292 665
Figure skating is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

46
356 614
Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rodeo

47
197 745
Fitness Competition is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Fitness Competition

48
294 612
Rugby League is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
MatthewGill added Rugby League

49
324 576
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

50
316 605
Darts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
PaulScanlon added Darts