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Which Sports are the Most Watched Worldwide

Soccer players take dives when they know the ref can see them. Pay closer attention to players in traffic because it does get rough.

But for the record, basketball is best and it’s growing in popularity exponentially around the world. In a few decades it could take over as the most watched sport.

[quote]Doug Adams wrote:
Soccer players take dives when they know the ref can see them. Pay closer attention to players in traffic because it does get rough.

But for the record, basketball is best and it’s growing in popularity exponentially around the world. In a few decades it could take over as the most watched sport. [/quote]

Yup. Any sport that doesn’t require a lot of resources to play will be the most popular because it’s the most widely available. It’s why a sport like hockey (which is the most awesome) will never be the most popular sport on earth because it requires the proper facilities and equipment which millions of people don’t have access to.

I think rugby and NFL are the two best sports we even asked at my school if we could play NFL instead but they said they couldnt afford the equipment which is bullshit anyways football gets me too angry the players maoning and diving every game and the ref making the shittest decisions all the time.

How about another question…

Say every person on Earth were magically provided with the equipment and facilities for every sport. Hockey pucks, soccer balls, racing yachts, lacrosse sticks, swimming pools, etc. Hell, thoroughbred horses even.

What sport would emerge as the most popular?

[quote]PimpBot5000 wrote:
How about another question…

Say every person on Earth were magically provided with the equipment and facilities for every sport. Hockey pucks, soccer balls, racing yachts, lacrosse sticks, swimming pools, etc. Hell, thoroughbred horses even.

What sport would emerge as the most popular?

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NFL

[quote]PimpBot5000 wrote:
How about another question…

Say every person on Earth were magically provided with the equipment and facilities for every sport. Hockey pucks, soccer balls, racing yachts, lacrosse sticks, swimming pools, etc. Hell, thoroughbred horses even.

What sport would emerge as the most popular?

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With current mindsets already in place, everybody would just keep playing the sports they like, but with better facilities and equipment. Baseball might get a little more popular, but that’s about it. American football won’t be any more popular because places that have interest in contact sports already play rugby.

underwater basket-weaving, ftw.

[quote]bconngemini wrote:
Which sport excites the most people worldwide? Which sport is considered by the majority of humanity to be exciting to watch? Which is the most watched?

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lawn bowling without question

[quote]PimpBot5000 wrote:
How about another question…

Say every person on Earth were magically provided with the equipment and facilities for every sport. Hockey pucks, soccer balls, racing yachts, lacrosse sticks, swimming pools, etc. Hell, thoroughbred horses even.

What sport would emerge as the most popular?

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I could see a lot of people trying to play hockey as it would be completely new to people and everybody would wanna try going on ice and doing stuff. Though, I would see the drop out rate in hockey being higher than any other sport, due to not being able to skate :stuck_out_tongue:

[quote]PimpBot5000 wrote:
How about another question…

Say every person on Earth were magically provided with the equipment and facilities for every sport. Hockey pucks, soccer balls, racing yachts, lacrosse sticks, swimming pools, etc. Hell, thoroughbred horses even.

What sport would emerge as the most popular?

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Does that include unlimited porn as well?

I’ve noticed that popularity of lacrosse is growing here in the states.

[quote]Big_Boss wrote:
I’ve noticed that popularity of lacrosse is growing here in the states.[/quote]

Lol, I live in the hotbed of lacrosse activity and I’ve never played. It’s the one sport my mom forbid me to play when I was growing up.

Soccer. The sport is boring as shit, but the culture around it is fucking sick. Why the hell they get so excited over a couple dudes kicking a ball around it beyong me though.

There is a saying about soccer and rugby. Rugby is a hoodlum’s game played by gentlemen, and soccer is a gentleman’s game played by hoodlums.

[quote]MaximusB wrote:
There is a saying about soccer and rugby. Rugby is a hoodlum’s game played by gentlemen, and soccer is a gentleman’s game played by hoodlums. [/quote]

So in other words, you’re saying they are all ghey. :slight_smile:

Soccer is a sport, where you need real skill. In american football, you only need to be big and in some positions to be fast. It’s pretty much like sumo wrestling, the bigger guy often wins. If you’ve nerver played a certain sport, you can’t understand how interesting it may be.

[quote]Andy63477 wrote:
Soccer is a sport, where you need real skill. In american football, you only need to be big and in some positions to be fast. It’s pretty much like sumo wrestling, the bigger guy often wins. If you’ve nerver played a certain sport, you can’t understand how interesting it may be.[/quote]

Any sport played at a level above school recess requires skill. In american football if you don’t understand the tactical aspects or have the cooperation among all 11 men on the field, you’re going to get embarrassed. Badly.

[quote]Andy63477 wrote:
Soccer is a sport, where you need real skill. In american football, you only need to be big and in some positions to be fast. It’s pretty much like sumo wrestling, the bigger guy often wins. If you’ve nerver played a certain sport, you can’t understand how interesting it may be.[/quote]

Obviously you know little about football. Being very strong, big, and fast helps, but you need the athletic ability to play. I would argue you need a lot more athletic ability to play football at a high level. Throw a pass fifty yards downfield and hit a wide receiver in hsi hands while a 240 pound linebacker and a 270 pound defensive end are trying to take you head off.

[quote]tom63 wrote:
Andy63477 wrote:
Soccer is a sport, where you need real skill. In american football, you only need to be big and in some positions to be fast. It’s pretty much like sumo wrestling, the bigger guy often wins. If you’ve nerver played a certain sport, you can’t understand how interesting it may be.

Obviously you know little about football. Being very strong, big, and fast helps, but you need the athletic ability to play. I would argue you need a lot more athletic ability to play football at a high level. Throw a pass fifty yards downfield and hit a wide receiver in hsi hands while a 240 pound linebacker and a 270 pound defensive end are trying to take you head off.[/quote]
Try running full speed while controlling the ball and defenders trying o take the ball way from you. You can be the smallest guy and do this IF you have SKILL. In American Football you have to be fast and strong first and then your skill will set you apart from the other players however in Soccer you can be big and strong and if you can’t control, pass, shoot the ball you mean nothing.

[quote]Andy63477 wrote:
Soccer is a sport, where you need real skill. In american football, you only need to be big and in some positions to be fast. It’s pretty much like sumo wrestling, the bigger guy often wins. If you’ve nerver played a certain sport, you can’t understand how interesting it may be.[/quote]

I’ve played soccer at a semi pro level and have trained with my college’s american football team although I’ve only played practice matches. American football is a very, very tactical game and there’s a lot more attributes required than strength. However I do sort of agree with a little of what you’re saying that it’s a more attribute-based sport than soccer, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

Soccer on the other hand is unique in that the athletes are ridiculously specialised for the sport and have very highly developed the athletic attributes they need. A pro soccer player in EUROPE or SOUTH AMERICA at 20 yrs old already has over a decade of experience and competition. So suffice to say the skill level is akin to many olympic sports or even higher.