What is the most played sport in the US?

What is the most played sport in the US?
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  1. From youth to the professionals, I'd be willing to wager it is baseball, but football is fast catching up.
  2. There's probably more baseball games played, mostly because there's more games in a season.

    I would guess basketball is 2nd, because it doesn't take as many people to make a team, and it can be played year round.
  3. Football or baseball. Ive lived alot of places, and these 2 usually are the most played, if its catch or touch/flag, and theres leagues also, been on a few too
  4. Not sure of your question. Watching on boob tube not the same as Doing.

    I know all you football / baseball fans are not going to appreate this, But

    Reference: US - definately not England.
    The above may have the most viewers, but the sport that has the most active participation - Bowling, but that was twenty years ago. Participation has dropped off considerably over the past 10 years. Golf use to be too expensive 20/30 years ago so I'd have to go with "Toss-up between bowling and golf."
  5. Yea, almost got a blister bowling last time heheh, dang that almost hurt
  6. Good point. Didn't even think about bowling.

    Golf has the same issue that baseball does. They are, for the most part, played outside. So, much of the play time depends on the weather.
  7. I was going to say channel surfing with the remote control.

    Americans could have possibly turned that into a sport by now.

    If you could fit a piezioelectric cell to each of the buttons and harness that energy then you could possibly solve our global energy crisis during the ratings season at least.

    /waits for Donald Trump to throw a kazillion into developing one ...
  8. Ambulance chasing or filling in insurance claim form or suing forms ....
  9. Hi,
    I Just don't know exactly.But,Up to my knowledge,I think it is Basket Ball..Few says lacrosse is the major sport but many says it is Basket Ball.

    Thank you
  10. Baseball?
  11. the four most popular sports among the general population of the United States are exercise walking (90 million), exercising with equipment (53 million), swimming (52 million) and camping (47 million). The most popular competitive sport (and fifth most popular recreational sport) is bowling (43 million). Other most popular sports are fishing (35 million), bicycling (37 million), weightlifting (33 million), aerobics (30 million), and hiking (28 million).

    http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2010/tables/10s1212.pdf
  12. nsquid said:
    the four most popular sports among the general population of the United States are exercise walking (90 million), exercising with equipment (53 million), swimming (52 million) and camping (47 million). The most popular competitive sport (and fifth most popular recreational sport) is bowling (43 million). Other most popular sports are fishing (35 million), bicycling (37 million), weightlifting (33 million), aerobics (30 million), and hiking (28 million).

    http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2010/tables/10s1212.pdf


    Most of those are more like activities or recreation, not really sports.
  13. i'm with you there, but it does answer the question. to me, it answered it as in fact being bowling.
  14. Yep, looks that way. I'd be curious to know if that's still the case now days with the economy the way it is.
  15. everyone i know in US plays basketball like its their life.
  16. 1.Basketball
    2. Golf
  17. Pocket pool?
  18. Quote:
    Pocket pool?


    I dont know what that is.lol
  19. 1haplo said:
    Pocket pool?


  20. Down on the farm, I think its chicken pluckin, does that answer both?
  21. Baseball and football.
  22. Golf...
  23. baseball is dying out with the youth in the states.
    Football and Basketball have become the most popular sports to play/watch.

    Baseball is in trouble, hardly anyone watches the MLB once football starts
  24. I think you should check out the attendance numbers. Even in a tough economy, baseball has been doing great. The TV ratings don't usually match football, but most fans know they can see their baseball team play the next day, and watch the football game.
  25. aford10 said:
    I think you should check out the attendance numbers. Even in a tough economy, baseball has been doing great. The TV ratings don't usually match football, but most fans know they can see their baseball team play the next day, and watch the football game.


    Yeah that's what I was saying because not every city has a baseball team. So I was comparing the TV ratings.

    I know on the east coast baseball is still huge. But comparing the TV ratings and attendance baseball is getting beat out by the NFL and NBA. Even though NBA ratings aren't all that great until playoffs come around or you have a marquee matchup.

    With the NFL you can have a lower tier matchup for Monday Night Football and it will still get a big rating. Even during the World Series you had regular season football games beating World Series games...because if you didn't live in either SF or Texas, not many people cared.

    I'm not a huge baseball fan myself, but I like the Yankees. MLB needs teams like NYY or the Boston in the World Series every year to even compete in ratings, same for the NBA the casual basketball fan will not want to see the Spurs playing the Magic for the NBA Finals (even though that'd be a great match up). They need the big cities to be great.

    Unlike the NFL, the Superbowl is an event in itself no matter who is playing, so that's why I think football is the most popular/played sport now.

    That's way more than I wanted to type....went on a little rant there
  26. I think you're right, in that Football is a better ratings draw. It's got more action, and is faster paced. I doubt it's played more, because it takes a lot of people, and equipment. Kids don't usually start football until middle school. However, kids can start playing baseball in T-ball/little league. It's got more leagues, more kids.

    Honestly, I think the NBA is garbage. I can't stand it. I'd be hard pressed to believe that it draws more tv ratings than baseball or even hockey.
  27. Lol MLS gets a higher rating than the NHL, jk

    Flag football leagues are all over for younger kids too. But yeah I see your point most kids that grew up playing sports played baseball at one time or another.

    NBA is pretty exciting with all that's been happening lately, this was one of the most anticipated seasons in a while. But yeah the ratings aren't that great during the regular season. It really depends on who is playing.

    I'm more of a college basketball fan though. Duke fan since Jay Williams played there. and even though college football is pretty much a way of life here in Alabama...I don't care for it.
    I liked USC when Pete Carroll was there, now that's he's gone I don't care about college football at all. More of a NFL fan, Go Bears!

    But yeah, the question was what's played the most not what's most popular. I got off topic.

    I would say either basketball or baseball is played the most. Probably basketball because it's the easiest all you need is two people to play a game or just shoot around by yourself.
    And football is the most popular
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