By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 16:49:20 PM.
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.
Basketball is an extremely easy sport to manipulate because of the tempo of the game and the affect just one player can have on the game. The NCAA is much more susceptible to point shaving than the NBA because of the NCAA’s strict emphasis on amateurism. NCAA players do not make any money and are often struggling college students, while the NBA players are making millions of dollars. It is much easier for a bookie to convince a poor college student to miss a few shots for a few hundred dollars than it is to convince a millionaire NBA player to do the same thing.
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.