Different people will always have their own preferences in choosing which sports they patronize. However, a great number of Americans consider American football as their favorite, about 46 percent saying so, according a Harris Interactive Poll of more than 2,000 American adults. 35 percent state that their favorite sport to watch is professional football, and 11 percent say college football is their sport of choice.
The second favorite sport, based on that study, is professional baseball at 14 percent, which is interesting because baseball has long been considered as the national pastime. Countless youth, and even adults, play the sport and even join urban or rural baseball or softball leagues, which underscores the statement that it is the national pastime.
Still, football is the most watched sport.
Super Bowl, the National Football League’s annual championship game, has attracted an average of 111 million viewers for the past eight years.
At the national college level, more than 50 million attended football games, 210 million viewers turned in to watch during the regular season, and 120 million watched NCAA bowl games.
Even if it is easier for other people to play other sports, football continues to be the most patronized because of a combination of factors, including the way it can bring people together, the fast-paced plays which you cannot help but stay tuned to, the exhilaration of elimination games, and, of course, the rivalries between teams or schools.
Hi, Peter Benedict, a St. Andrews alumnus, here. I may have graduated a long time ago, but I still make time to watch and support my alma mater’s sports teams. Learn more about them by subscribing to my blog.