By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 13:35:57 PM.
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%.
Though football retains its top spot, its popularity has slipped since peaking at 43% in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, it dipped slightly to 41% and dropped again to 39% in 2013 — the last time the question was asked before the December 2017 poll and its 37% reading.
The annual Super Bowl is the most anticipated game in America. Heck even the Super Bowl’s halftime performance is more anticipated than the NBA Finals. The NFL is the most popular league in America. NFL quarterbacks like Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Tom Brady easily are the more popular names in the sport.