Top 10 most popular sports in the World

garnettstylegarnettstyle Posts: 2,067 ✭✭✭

IT CAN'T BE A TRUE PLAYOFF UNLESS THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONS ARE INCLUDED

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  • orioles93orioles93 Posts: 3,005 ✭✭✭
    edited August 30, 2019 4:38AM

    Surprised ice hockey isn’t on there considering it’s pretty popular in the US, Canada, all of Europe and Russia.
    Nevermind just realized they combined field and ice into the same category.

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    It's always interesting to get a fresh perspective on how low we (U.S.) are on the totem pole of sports worldwide.....Basketball is #3 due to China ...any sport involving China and their sheer numbers gets a significant lift...... 1.4 billion Chinese people vs. U.S. 327 million shows you China is almost 5 times the size of US.....Imagine if their economy transitioned from Communist to a Democracy..... I might buy some facebook stock in that scenario. :)

  • stevekstevek Posts: 22,548 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well we all knew soccer was #1.

    I wouldn't have guessed cricket at #2 or even thought about it at all?

  • MLBdaysMLBdays Posts: 813 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ping Pong is more popular than the NFL......

  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 19,301 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 30, 2019 5:28AM

    Could those numbers be skewed to whatever agenda is behind the scenes? I’m serious too, Cricket #2? Really?

  • garnettstylegarnettstyle Posts: 2,067 ✭✭✭

    @perkdog said:
    Could those numbers be skewed to whatever agenda is behind the scenes? I’m serious too, Cricket #2? Really?

    I think cricket has always been popular in England and Australia.

    IT CAN'T BE A TRUE PLAYOFF UNLESS THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONS ARE INCLUDED

  • DIMEMANDIMEMAN Posts: 19,964 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 30, 2019 6:18AM

    I don't care about the World. Only 4 on my list and #'s 3 & 4 are playoffs only.

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  • garnettstylegarnettstyle Posts: 2,067 ✭✭✭

    I wonder if boxing would've been on the list say 30 years ago? Greats like Ali and Duran, among others were popular worldwide.

    IT CAN'T BE A TRUE PLAYOFF UNLESS THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONS ARE INCLUDED

  • CoinstartledCoinstartled Posts: 8,579 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @perkdog said:
    Could those numbers be skewed to whatever agenda is behind the scenes? I’m serious too, Cricket #2? Really?

    Agree. Seems like the greatest city to live in is always Cincinnati or Omaha.

  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 19,301 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @garnettstyle said:
    I wonder if boxing would've been on the list say 30 years ago? Greats like Ali and Duran, among others were popular worldwide.

    I would have to agree

  • LarkinCollectorLarkinCollector Posts: 6,619 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @stevek said:
    Well we all knew soccer was #1.

    I wouldn't have guessed cricket at #2 or even thought about it at all?

    Much like the sheer population of China lifting the BkB number, I'm sure India is largely responsible for the cricket boost.

  • stevekstevek Posts: 22,548 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have no idea what the yell is going on, but they sure sold a lot of tickets to it. LOL

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 1,804 ✭✭✭✭

    I tried watching soccer one time. Best sleep I ever got.

  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 19,301 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @doubledragon said:
    I tried watching soccer one time. Best sleep I ever got.

    One of the worlds greatest mysteries is the love of Soccer ⚽️ 🤷‍♂️

  • MLBdaysMLBdays Posts: 813 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 30, 2019 2:24PM

    Where are Fencing and Badminton....two of my summertime passions?

  • DarinDarin Posts: 3,479 ✭✭✭✭

    Let's face it, soccer never caught on in the US because when we played it in P.E. class it was so
    the coach could get some quality nap time and it amounted to a group of boys in a circle
    all trying to kick a soccer ball at the same time but only succeeding in kicking each other (very painfully)
    in the shins about half a dozen times each.

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  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 9,023 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Does not surprise me to see Basketball towards the top of the list.

    For many reasons hoops has ever increasing global appeal.

  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 7,414 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @stevek said:
    Well we all knew soccer was #1.

    I wouldn't have guessed cricket at #2 or even thought about it at all?

    If you think about cricket you may slip into a coma. Try to avoid it in the future

  • stevekstevek Posts: 22,548 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @bronco2078 said:

    @stevek said:
    Well we all knew soccer was #1.

    I wouldn't have guessed cricket at #2 or even thought about it at all?

    If you think about cricket you may slip into a coma. Try to avoid it in the future

    I figure there can't be too much money in that sport if the outfielders can't even afford to buy gloves.

  • garnettstylegarnettstyle Posts: 2,067 ✭✭✭

    @orioles93 said:

    Nevermind just realized they combined field and ice into the same category.

    I dont quite understand this? Arn't they two different sports??

    IT CAN'T BE A TRUE PLAYOFF UNLESS THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONS ARE INCLUDED

  • garnettstylegarnettstyle Posts: 2,067 ✭✭✭

    @perkdog said:

    @garnettstyle said:
    I wonder if boxing would've been on the list say 30 years ago? Greats like Ali and Duran, among others were popular worldwide.

    I would have to agree

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    1. Boxing: Boxing was once among the top 5 most popular sports in the world, but its popularity has decreased over the years. Still, it is widely followed by the boxing enthusiasts around the world and major competitions are regularly held in the US and European countries.

    IT CAN'T BE A TRUE PLAYOFF UNLESS THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONS ARE INCLUDED

  • garnettstylegarnettstyle Posts: 2,067 ✭✭✭
    edited September 1, 2019 3:51AM

    I went back and looked at the list. Rugby and American football are tied at #9 with 410 million fans apiece. Which means Golf actually falls out of the top 10 at #11.

    IT CAN'T BE A TRUE PLAYOFF UNLESS THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONS ARE INCLUDED

  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 19,301 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Keep in mind that there are large swaths of Africa and the Middle East where there are no televisions so after giving this a little more thought, Soccer could potentially be even more popular

  • TennisCoachTennisCoach Posts: 279 ✭✭✭

    So we can create a more popular sport than the NFL and MLB simply by having Taylor Swift play a game of jacks with Kim Khardashian in China while ESPN the Ocho does a simulcast in India. Look out soccer, here we come!

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