Sport is, by far, one of the most significant activities that bring people together. Whether you’re watching from the side lines, playing professional events or supporting a local team, there’s an innate sense of community that bonds each and every person. Sports are a huge part of US culture, and we see from sporting events such as the Superbowl just how many people it draws in each year.
Sports aren’t just about cheering on your favorite team, either. It instils a sense of camaraderie and teamwork in everyone. Team games also bring people together from all walks of life and they can help to disperse segregation in society.
So what are people watching and playing in the US? Below are some of the most popular sports in the country. Find out where your favorites fit in.
In the popularity stakes, American football takes the lead. It’s not just the professional league — the NFL — that is a massive hit in the country. College football is also a major draw on a local level. One of the biggest events on the American calendar has to be the Super Bowl, and the halftime show is one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles of the season.
This year we saw Shakira and J. Lo take to the stage for a jam-packed performance. Other stars such as Beyoncé and Katy Perry have also graced the stage in previous years. Football has showcased some amazing talent over the years with Dan Merino, Joe Montana, and Tom Brady being just some of the most celebrated names in the sport.
Another big hit (pun intended) in the US sporting world is baseball. Since it first began in the early 20th century, it is still one of the most popular sports that sit at the heart of American culture. You could argue that this sport is just as (if not more) popular than American football in some communities. The New York Yankees are one of the most celebrated teams in the professional leagues. Plus, it has unearthed tons of homegrown talent such as Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout, who have given crowds a number of record-breaking performances.