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Old 09-08-2017, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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At least in my experience Baseball is everyone's second favorite sport. There are Hockey People, Basketball people, and Football people but most of them have baseball as #2. Especially the former 2 are pretty exclusive groups.
Baseball, in my experience, tends to be more popular among older people, and there is some empirical evidence that confirms this. The median age of MLB viewers continues to rise year after year while the median age for NBA viewers has more or less remained flat.
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Old 09-08-2017, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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It's easy to say football is Numero Uno in America, but it's really tough to say what's Numero Dos. I say it's a toss up between basketball and baseball with the momentum favoring the NBA at the moment. The NBA seems to dominate the national sports discussion more than baseball. The data below comes from a Deadspin article that breaks out the amount of coverage received by each sport on Sportcenter in 2012.

CUMULATIVE STATISTICS (2012)
Total time: 23,052.75 minutes
Time (minus commercials): 17,361.25
NFL: 4,046.25 (23.3%)
NBA: 3,330.5 minutes (19.2%)
MLB: 2,916.5 (16.8%)
SportsCenter staples**: 2,289 (13.2%)
College football: 1,329.75 (7.7%)
College basketball: 1,181.25 (6.8%)
Golf: 580.75 (3.3%)
NHL: 459.5 (2.7%)
NASCAR: 362.25 (2.1%)
Other***: 315 (1.8%)
Soccer: 217.75 (1.3%)
Olympics: 166.5 (.9%)
Tennis: 166.25 (.9%)

The NBA seems to generate a lot more chatter than other Leagues largely because it is so personality-driven. What other sport has off-season trades that have generated as much media attention as the Kevin Durant/Lebron James trades?
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Old 09-08-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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It's easy to say football is Numero Uno in America, but it's really tough to say what's Numero Dos. I say it's a toss up between basketball and baseball with the momentum favoring the NBA at the moment. The NBA seems to dominate the national sports discussion more than baseball. The data below comes from a Deadspin article that breaks out the amount of coverage received by each sport on Sportcenter in 2012.

CUMULATIVE STATISTICS (2012)
Total time: 23,052.75 minutes
Time (minus commercials): 17,361.25
NFL: 4,046.25 (23.3%)
NBA: 3,330.5 minutes (19.2%)
MLB: 2,916.5 (16.8%)
SportsCenter staples**: 2,289 (13.2%)
College football: 1,329.75 (7.7%)
College basketball: 1,181.25 (6.8%)
Golf: 580.75 (3.3%)
NHL: 459.5 (2.7%)
NASCAR: 362.25 (2.1%)
Other***: 315 (1.8%)
Soccer: 217.75 (1.3%)
Olympics: 166.5 (.9%)
Tennis: 166.25 (.9%)

The NBA seems to generate a lot more chatter than other Leagues largely because it is so personality-driven. What other sport has off-season trades that have generated as much media attention as the Kevin Durant/Lebron James trades?
Baseball is also more regionalized in every city the MLB team has much higher ratings than the NBA team, in Boston the Red Sox get about a 6 on NESN while the Celtics get a 2.5 on CSN. 25 US MLB teams are #1 in prime time during the Summer in their markets the other 4 are the Angles, Mets, White Sox and Athletics.
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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The south takes basketball easily. LA and Chicago definitely, but not the Northeast.

We can use last year as an example: all of the NBA MVP candidates were from LA. James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Kwahi Leonard are all LA natives. KD, and Steph are from the south, the GOAT MJ is from the south. The Knicks' best player is from the south.
No way. There are still more talented players in history from the Northeast plus Chicago in addition to LA than there is in the South. New York, PA, and New Jersey still have more than the South.





Sorry but the Northeast, Midwest, and California still leads by per capita.

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Old 09-08-2017, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Baseball is also more regionalized in every city the MLB team has much higher ratings than the NBA team, in Boston the Red Sox get about a 6 on NESN while the Celtics get a 2.5 on CSN. 25 US MLB teams are #1 in prime time during the Summer in their markets the other 4 are the Angles, Mets, White Sox and Athletics.
That's true...especially in Boston.

Basketball fans are more interested in the League in general than MLB fans are. There are probably as many Warriors fans in Brooklyn as Nets fans (the Nets having the worst record in the League certainly plays a large role in this). NBA fans are often way more interested in marquee matchups while MLB fans care a lot more about the home team.

Mike Trout is a GOAT candidate and most Americans have probably never heard of him. That illustrates the difference between the NBA and MLB imo.
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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It varies by place. In most of the country football is #1 and baseball is #2 but in some places (like New York and St Louis) baseball is bigger. In Minnesota, where I live, hockey is bigger than baseball, but football is bigger than both.

Is soccer big in Portland? I know the Timbers have a big following and Portland lacks a football and baseball team.
Disagree. The Vikes might be a bit more popular than the Wild (if the North Stars were still around this probably wouldn't be the case), but hockey on the whole wipes the floor with football in terms of overall popularity.
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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I guess at the end of the day is this a question about the popularity of the sports themselves, or the popularity of the professional leagues?
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Disagree. The Vikes might be a bit more popular than the Wild (if the North Stars were still around this probably wouldn't be the case), but hockey on the whole wipes the floor with football in terms of overall popularity.
I have a hard time gauging it because hockey is my favorite sport. It just seems like everybody talks nonstop about the Vikings regardless of whether they are good or bad. It does seem like the Wild are gaining on them though. I work next to Augsburg College, and last spring all the students seemed to be decked out in Wild swag. If they could blow up into a dynasty like the Red Wings or the Blackhawks they would own this town.
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Just took a look at the number of posts in each sports subforum on C-D.

Pro Football - 137,402
Basketball - 83,412
Baseball - 65,361
College football - 42,846
Soccer - 26,875
Hockey - 16,112
NASCAR - 15,956
MMA - 7,246
Boxing - 6,953
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Preussen
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Just took a look at the number of posts in each sports subforum on C-D.

Pro Football - 137,402
Basketball - 83,412
Baseball - 65,361
College football - 42,846
Soccer - 26,875
Hockey - 16,112
NASCAR - 15,956
MMA - 7,246
Boxing - 6,953
There are many people of various nationalities on these boards , so that wouldn't be the best way for such measurement
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