Which do you suppose are the World's top ten spectator sports?

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11/07/2006 at 17:26
I don't know, do you?

Football (soccer) would have to be in there somewhere, I'm sure you'd agree.

But what else? Left-handed surfing doesn't count.


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11/07/2006 at 17:28
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11/07/2006 at 17:29
Golf? Motorsport and cricket must feature as well.

 


11/07/2006 at 17:37
11/07/2006 at 17:39
Popularity of Sports
1) Football Soccer.

The most important and popular sport in the world. In Europe and Latin America is the number one sport in all countries, in Africa is almost the most important sport as well its becoming a mayor popular sport in China, Korea, Japan and the Middle East.

Weakness: Its no so popular in India, USA and Canada. Women Football is not as popular as men.

2) Basketball

The second most popular sport in the World. Its one of the most popular sports in USA, Canada, the second in importance in Europe, Brasil, Argentina and China. nº1 sport in Lithuania.

Weakness: It's a sport for tall people, not so popular in Africa, the middle east, India, and East Asia.

3) Car Racing (F1, Rally, CART etc).

The highiest TV rating sport in the World.

Weakness: Some people don't consider this to be a real sport.

4) Tennis.

A worldwide sport, played everywhere. Wimbledon, Roland Garros, US Open, Australia and the Davis Cup and mayor world sports events. For Women it's the most popular sport in the World.

Weakness: It's a sport for middle and high class people.

5) Athletism (includes swimming)

The World Cup is the third in importance after the Soccer World Cup and the Olimpic games.

Weakness: Its being constellation of sports in which Capitalism fought peacefully against the Communist countries. In Latin America and the Third World Countries, this kind of sports are not that popular.

6) Golf

Another Worldwide sport, played everywhere. Specially in USA and Europe.

Weakness: Its a sport for very high class people.

7) Boxing.

Some people consider Boxing the second sport in popularity. But it depends too much on the actual boxers in activity.

Weakness: It's a danger sport, only occasionally there is a fight that stimulates the worlds attention.

8) Baseball.

The nº1 sport in USA.

Weakness: It's a local sport, only being popular in USA, Venezuela, Central America, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Japan. It doesn't have a World Cup, and the best players never attend in the Olimpic Games.

9) Volleyball (includes beach volley)

A Worldwide sport. Being played in every corner of the planet. It's the second most popular sport in Brasil. Women volley is the second sport for Women in the World.

Weakness: Many people practice it, but doesn't follow the professional tournaments. The best players are not known by the people and the mass media.

10) Hockey (ice, land and roller).

Another Local Sport. Land Hockey: It's the National and Second in Popularity sport in India and Pakistan. Also a mayor Olimpic Sport.

Ice Hockey: The National Sport in Canada and very popular in USA, Russia and Northern Europe. A mayor sport in the Winter Olimpic Games.

Weakness: It's a sport being played in few countries with no big popularity. In Latin America its only being played in Argentina where the women version of Land Hockey is more popular than the men s one.

11) Water, Wind Sports. (surf, wind-surf, boating, etc)

Too many and of different kinds. Only popular in the high class people.

Surf is a very popular sport everywhere.

Weakness: competitions doesn't awake the worlds attention.

12) Skiing. A Sport for high classes in USA and Europe.

13) Cricket

Another Local Sport. Played almost in the British Colonies, it's the most important sport in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies (Bahamas), and its the national sport in England and the third in popularity in Australia and South Africa.

Weakness. Its just a Local sport with no existence in the rest of the World.

14) Rugby (union, league and seven)

A Local Sport. Played in the British Colonies and in France. It's the most popular sport in New Zealand, the second in England, France and South Africa. And very popular in Australia.

Weakness: Its not an Olimpic Sport. In some parts of the World, specially in the whole American continent, East Europe, Asia and Africa this sport is don't even known.

15) Table Tennis.

It's an important Olimpic sport. The National Sport in China.

Weakness: In most parts of the World its just a game.

16) Martian Arts (Judo, Taek Won Do, Karate, etc)

Another important Olimpic Sports.

Weakness: The ordinary people doesnt understand its rules, so its difficult to see it if you have never practice them.

17) Cycling

A Mayor Sport. Important in the Olimpic Games. The nº1 sport in the Basque Country (Spain).

Weakness: It's a boring sport to watch it on TV.

18) American Football

A Sport only being Popular in USA

19) Handball

A Sport only important cause its an Olympic Sport.

20) Waterpolo.

A Sport only important cause its an Olympic Sport. Only popular in Spain.

21) Bull Fighting

Only popular in Spain and Mexico.

22) Badminton

A Sport only important cause its an Olimpic Sport, in many countries its just a game.

23) Polo

It's a sport for Aristocrats. Only Popular in Argentina.

24) Australian Football.

Nº1 Sport in Australia.

25) Hurlingham.

Only played in Britain and some parts of USA.

26) Paddle Tennis.

Only Popular in Argentina and Spain.

27) Chess.

This is not a sport

28) Turf. Gambling not a sport.

29) Shooting. For fight not a sport

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11/07/2006 at 17:46
jonmelkay wrote
4) Tennis.

A worldwide sport, played everywhere. Wimbledon, Roland Garros, US Open, Australia and the Davis Cup and mayor world sports events. For Women it's the most popular sport in the World.

Weakness: It's a sport for middle and high class people.

6) Golf

Another Worldwide sport, played everywhere. Specially in USA and Europe.

Weakness: Its a sport for very high class people.



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11/07/2006 at 17:47
Martian arts?

11/07/2006 at 17:48
A couple of rather lame Googling attempts which neither of you appeared to bother reading.

From the first: "After soccer I think it is Rugby Union" and from the second: "Women Football is not as popular as men". I think we can discount that source (for it was the same article) as not having been lifted from Guinness' book

If you can find a reputable link post it up by all means, otherwise have a bit of a think for yourselves.

Table tennis must be popular in China, there's plenty of them?
11/07/2006 at 17:49
I wonder if Tai Chi rates up there somewhere somehow...prolly more a participant thing?
11/07/2006 at 17:53
jonmelkay didn't cut n' paste the entire page, the most 'popular' sports are not necessarily the most 'popular spectator' sports...which was Silents question.

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World's Top 10 Spectator Sports

soccer, cricket, formula 1, rugby, olympics, golf, wrestling, running, basketball and american football

11/07/2006 at 17:55
fulltilt wrote
A couple of rather lame Googling attempts which neither of you appeared to bother reading.

From the first: "After soccer I think it is Rugby Union" and from the second: "Women Football is not as popular as men". I think we can discount that source (for it was the same article) as not having been lifted from Guinness' book

If you can find a reputable link post it up by all means, otherwise have a bit of a think for yourselves.

Table tennis must be popular in China, there's plenty of them?


I did read the link I posted, but it has to be asked .... why ask the question when you're perfectly capable of using Google yourself ?
11/07/2006 at 18:02
bomma wrote
I did read the link I posted, but it has to be asked .... why ask the question when you're perfectly capable of using Google yourself ?

Because google doesn't appear to have the answer.

Again, your link is not credible, I don't accept there's no mention of baseball or ice hockey in there. Who actually watches 'running'?
11/07/2006 at 18:11
fulltilt wrote
Because google doesn't appear to have the answer.

Again, your link is not credible, I don't accept there's no mention of baseball or ice hockey in there. Who actually watches 'running'?


true, and Olympics isn't a sport, it's an event.

tell you what, you take your little self off and find the answer and post it up, there's a good lad, I'm sure we're all very interested in the answer.
11/07/2006 at 18:13
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11/07/2006 at 18:15
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11/07/2006 at 18:16
Got to be Ladies Beach Volley Ball :smoke:


11/07/2006 at 18:42
fulltilt wrote
A couple of rather lame Googling attempts which neither of you appeared to bother reading.

From the first: "After soccer I think it is Rugby Union" and from the second: "Women Football is not as popular as men". I think we can discount that source (for it was the same article) as not having been lifted from Guinness' book

If you can find a reputable link post it up by all means, otherwise have a bit of a think for yourselves.

Table tennis must be popular in China, there's plenty of them?


You've said you don't know the answer, so don't berate others for trying to provide one.





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Got to be Ladies Beach Volley Ball :smoke:


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11/07/2006 at 18:54
Darts would be pretty high up, I'd guess.
11/07/2006 at 19:07
Ceri wrote
You've said you don't know the answer, so don't berate others for trying to provide one.

The question, quite deliberately, was what do *you* suppose are the top ten, not 'can you google for what some 12yr old American thinks'.

If you want to suggest a popular spectator sport which might be in the running, or link to the actual answers then please do. If you want an argument I'm sure there are other threads you could go have one in, thanks.
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