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
10,169 6,380
American Football is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
American Football

2
9,725 5,949
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Basketball

3
8,702 5,357
Major League Baseball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
mbilhuber added Major League Baseball

4
6,164 5,956
Ice Hockey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

5
7,666 4,818
Soccer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Soccer

6
3,696 4,541
Boxing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

7
2,907 4,604
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

8
3,108 4,301
Golf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Golf

9
2,225 3,032
Car Racing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Car Racing

10
1,963 2,519
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Volleyball

11
1,867 2,357
Swimming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

12
1,877 2,322
Track and Field is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Track and Field

13
2,018 2,200
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

14
1,313 1,971
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skiing

15
1,627 2,204
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

16
1,252 1,798
Softball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

17
1,282 1,654
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

18
1,261 2,038
Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Wrestling

19
1,106 1,802
Rugby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rugby

20
972 1,755
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
manio710 added

21
1,029 1,783
Bowling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Bowling

22
858 1,371
Gymnastic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Gymnastic

23
739 1,347
Pool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Pool

24
886 1,289
Fishing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

25
690 1,334
Horse Racing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Horse Racing

26
616 1,369
Cycling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

27
640 1,262
Ultimate Frisbee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ultimate Frisbee

28
692 1,186
Skateboading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Skateboading

29
522 1,207
Water polo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

30
692 1,012
Kickball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
muzziac added Kickball

31
659 939
X Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
X Games

32
574 1,225
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

33
655 988
Motocross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
s98876 added Motocross

34
637 1,044
Hunting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

35
388 1,069
Cricket is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Cricket

36
426 824
Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Kayaking

37
474 788
Ice Skating is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Ice Skating

38
329 992
Body Building is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Body Building

39
444 817
Target Shooting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Target Shooting

40
320 861
Jogging is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added

41
318 891
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Roller Skating

42
406 707
Motorcycle racing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
clash1977 added

43
484 538
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

44
413 684
Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Rodeo

45
330 752
Figure skating is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

46
284 801
Canoeing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America

47
327 687
Rugby League is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
MatthewGill added Rugby League

48
214 838
Fitness Competition is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
Hormony added Fitness Competition

49
363 666
Darts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America
PaulScanlon added

50
355 651
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Popular Sports in America