The NFL Wins War on Popularity: Why the NFL Is Now America’s Favorite Sport

November 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It’s hard to imagine a world without professional sports. Everything would be incredibly dull. Sports have the unique ability to make people forget about the realities of their sad lives. This is the precise reason why during a recession the three main sports, basketball, baseball and football are at their peak of popularity.
Throughout America’s history, it has been all about baseball. America’s past time has ruled the sporting industry, until a couple decades ago. In 1985, about 24 percent of people who were asked, “Which pro sport is your favorite?” said it was pro football. This narrowly beat out baseball by 1 percent.
When this poll was conducted more recently, (2009) football had extended its lead over baseball in popularity from 1 percent of the population to 19 percent [i]. This leap of popularity for pro football is a result of it being a more exciting game and having a shorter, more unpredictable season. Fans are generally more excited ...

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