By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 13:30:54 PM.
No question, Tiger Woods took golf to new heights not even the great Arnold Palmer and rival Jack Nicklaus never brought it to. But just as Woods took the sport to the top, he nearly brought it down all by himself. The scandals, controversies and every negative stuff about Tiger hurt the sport, at least from the American perspective.
The 9% of Americans who mention baseball as their favorite sport to watch is the lowest percentage for the sport since Gallup first asked the question in 1937. Americans named baseball as the most popular sport in 1948 and 1960, but football claimed the top spot in 1972 and has been the public’s favorite ever since.
Meanwhile, those who determine the future of spectator sports — 18- to 34-year-olds — are the age group least likely to favor football. But even among them, football tops all other sports by a comfortable margin. Soccer and baseball show meaningful differences by age, with soccer appealing more to adults younger than 55 and baseball more to adults aged 55 and older.