By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 17:20:39 PM.
American football, under attack from critics in recent years, has lost some of its popularity but is still the champion of U.S. spectator sports — picked by 37% of U.S. adults as their favorite sport to watch. The next-most-popular sports are basketball, favored by 11%, and baseball, favored by 9%.
The NBA began life as the Basketball Association of America in 1946 and played under that monkier for 3 years before, in 1949, merging with the National Basketball League and changing names to the NBA. The BAA started out with 11 teams in 1946 but lost four of them before the start of the next season. Despite the loss of four teams the BAA was having a lot of success against its rival the NBL and was able to entice four of the NBL’s premire franchises to join the BAA in 1948.
Back in those Golden days, half of the Top 100 men’s tennis players on tour were Americans. As of May 2017, only Jack Sock at #14 was American. Good thing the women’s side has the Williams sisters. Venus is ranked 5th in the world and while Serena is now just #22, that’s because she just gave birth. Still, because of the successful history of Americans in pro tennis, it’s still among the Top 10 favorite sports in America.