By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 16:05:56 PM.
Michael Jordan took the NBA into another stratosphere. He made the NBA into one of the most lucrative professional leagues in America. With Kobe Bryant and now LeBron James keeping the fire alive and the arrival of international players in the scene, the NBA isn’t just one of the most popular sports in America. It’s one of the most well-loved sports all over the globe.
With all these in mind, we also have to mention the long list of great athletes that the U.S. had produced starting with Mike Trout, the famous slugger of today’s baseball season. With 49 stolen bases, leading the league with a 10.9 WAR, he unanimously won the American League and still plays outstandingly from his breakout season up to now. On the other hand, football has Tom Brady. This quarterback led his team, Patriots, to more division titles than any other team in NFL history. With 293 points, he won 3 Super Bowls and was awarded 2 MVPs from it.
Soccer now nearly matches baseball’s popularity. Seven percent say it is their favorite sport to watch, the highest that sport has registered to date. Only once before have at least 7% of Americans named a sport other than football, basketball or baseball as their favorite — and that was auto racing in 1997. (Auto racing is now down to 2% of mentions.)