Welcome back, Sports Reaction Nation! I hope you had a great weekend, and to kick off this week, lets talk about sports going out of style. I know this may be sort of depressing, but it is totally natural for the Sports World. Polo (the one without water, and with horses) is not as big as it used to be a hundred years ago. Curling (which is an winter sport) is not popular either, although I do not know if it was ever popular. However, I am not looking at a single sport that is going downhill, but a category of sports that are continually becoming less, and less popular as the years go on.
Now when I am talking about sports popularity, I am talking about it within the United States of America, it will be a little different in other countries, however I am talking about the grand U.S.A. today.
Now I could talk about which sports I think are the most popular, but that would just be my opinion, and that is something that does not hold much authority. So how can you determine which sports are popular, and which ones are not? Well, we will be diving into the TV ratings, and views to see which sports are the most popular.
Sports Media Watch in 2013 had a list of the top 50 most popular sports events by viewership, and if you want to go to the original article, click here. Here are the top 5 most viewed sports events on TV.
Well, at least we know that the NFL is not going away anytime soon. The top 5 are all NFL games, which should not be surprising. So lets look at the top 10, since the top 5 only shows NFL games.
What!?! The top ten is all NFL games too!?! Well, the NFL is by far the most viewed sport in the United States, so I guess I do not have to worry about that. Actually, the top 26 most viewed events are NFL games, and only 4 other events (game 6, and 7 of the NBA, and both National championships for college Football, and Basketball) were in the top 50. So what these shows is that NFL games, plus the last two games in the NBA Finals and the National Championships in college are the most watched.
At the end of the article, it shows the most viewed event by sport. Of course, the NFL had the highest with the Super Bowl. Actually the top 5 leagues in the highest viewed event per league were the NFL, CFB, NBA, CBB, and MLB. Again, to see the list, click here. Now what do those sports have in common? They all are team sports. Actually, team sports are the highest viewed type of sports in the whole industry. This is not surprising, but what about individual sports?
Individual sports like tennis, golf, NASCAR, etc. Are not the highest viewed in the least. The Kentucky Derby had good numbers, with over 16 million views, but it still was not in the top 50. The same goes to NASCAR with the Daytona 500. They had good numbers, but nothing like the other team sports. Golf’s highest viewed event was the Masters Final Round, with 14.7 million views. The highest viewed event for Tennis only had 6.17 million views, and MMA had less than 5 million. All of these sports are individual sports, and they get some decent views, but are lacking behind the big team sports by a lot.
Now you may be thinking that this is obvious, that of course the NFL, and the NBA would be more popular than golf. Which begs the question, “Why?”. Why is the NFL, and the NBA getting so many more views than individual sports? Individual sports have been around a long time, and used to be more popular than the NFL, NBA, or college team sports. Golf used to be the biggest event in the world, and so was tennis, and boxing was talked about by everyone, especially when Ali was in the ring. Why are these individual sports lacking behind, in comparison to the team sports? Well, I will have to answer that in another article, sadly.
Anyways, we see that individual sports are starting to die, so part two will be covering why this is happening, but at least you know now that individual sports are on the decline, fellow Sports Reactionists, and remember, be the best sports fan you can possibly be. And stay tuned for part two.
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Information on ratings, and rankings came by Sports Media Watch, go to original source here.
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