By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 15:18:03 PM.
Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King helped tennis capture the imagination of the American public. But it was during the days of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi that tennis peaked in the United States. Before Federer, Sampras was the yardstick for Grand Slam success. Agassi became the sport’s rockstar.
In the 1960s as the NBA was going through a growth spurt by adding new teams, a rival spring up to challenge it in the ABA. The ABA would last from 1967 until 1976 when it merged with the NBA.
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%.