By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 16:18:03 PM.
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.
When the two leagues merged in 1949 it brought the total number of teams to 17 but the new league would quickly start losing teams. After just six years the number of teams had dropped to just 8. Financial troubles plagued the league from the start and this was especially true for the NBL teams that joined during the merger due to them being in smaller markets. The owner of the Fort Wayne Pistons, a former NBL team, named Frank Zollner was key in keeping the NBA financially afloat during this time.
With the national-anthem controversy in full swing this past October, a Gallup poll indicated the NFL was taking a hit. Fifty-seven percent of Americans said they were fans of professional football, down 10 percentage points from the previous time the question was asked, in December 2012. Support for most other sports, including college football, had not changed meaningfully during the same five-year span.