Ah, with the Super Bowl not far off.. I decided to designate this post to polling Daniweb as to which sport is most popular.
As we all know, American football is the best from a business perspective:
1.) It's cheaper hosting the Super Bowl than the world cup
2.) The Super Bowl occurs every year
3.) Commercials during the Super Bowl average about $3 million per 30-minute spot
4.) The publicity from the commercials, half-time show, and actual gameplay contribute to record profits ($300 million economic impact on the local economy)
Also, American football is the most popular sport in any single country.. about 40-50% of all Americans tune in to watch the Super Bowl (~150 million worldwide). The average attendance of an American professional football game is about 68,000 people compared to 16,000 attendees of American soccer, 33,000 attendees of American baseball, and 34,000 attendees of England premier league games.
In my opinion, it's obvious from football's dominance in America as to which sport is most popular :)
Here, American football is the most exciting and most watched sport.. while soccer is boring, and the least watched professional sport. I suspect the rest of the world will one day catch on, and American football will reign as the most watched sport in the world! :)