Most Popular Spectator Sports

 

 

Many lists exist identifying the most popular spectator sports in the World. In reviewing how the reports were created, I found a well researched lists created by Total Sportek.

They ranked the top 25 spectator sports in the world as the following:

  1. Football/Soccer
  2. Basketball
  3. Cricket
  4. Tennis
  5. Athletics
  6. Rugby
  7. Formula 1 Racing
  8. Boxing
  9. Ice Hockey
  10. Volleyball
  11. Golf
  12. Baseball
  13. American Football
  14. MMA
  15. MotoGP
  16. Field Hockey
  17. Badminton
  18. Cycling
  19. Swimming
  20. Snooker
  21. Table Tennis
  22. Gymnastics
  23. Handball
  24. Wrestling
  25. Skiing
  26. Horse Racing

The criteria used was the following:

  1. Global base & audience
  2. TV  Viewership numbers
  3. Number Professional leagues around the world
  4. TV rights deals
  5. Endorsement & Sponsorship deals
  6. Average athlete salary in top league
  7. Biggest competition & (number of countries represented)
  8. Social media presence
  9. Prominence in sports headlines on media outlets (websites, tv)
  10. Relevancy through the year
  11. Regional dominance
  12. Gender equality
  13. Accessible to general public worldwide