By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 15:43:59 PM.
For the past half-century, football has been America’s game, unrivaled by any other spectator sport. Even the challenges it currently faces have had only a small effect on Americans’ likelihood to consider it their favorite spectator sport. Though Gallup’s October polling showed a decline in the percentage of Americans saying they are fans of professional football, the drop-off did not occur among college football fans, and it may not have included the hardcore NFL fans who consider it their favorite sport.
Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky are Canadians. So was Mario Lemieux. Lemieux played for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Howe for the Detroit Red Wings so the Americans were also endeared to ice hockey. Not to mention that while Gretzky began his career for the Edmonton Oilers, he reached mega star status while playing for the Los Angeles Kings.
While baseball will forever be America’s favorite pastime, it is a distant second to American Football in terms of popularity. In fact, if you add college football as a separate category in this ranking, baseball could easily fall to third place. That’s how popular American Football is in America.