Top 10 most popular sports leagues in the world – The best sports leagues in the world: The popularity of the sports league is determined by the presence of spectators in the stadium and among television viewers. These two parameters put the USA’s NFL (Rugby League) ahead of all sports leagues, and the advantage over the second-placed Bundesliga seems unassailable.
Here is the list of the 10 best sports leagues in the world that attract their fans to the stadium in large numbers.
#10. Nippon professional baseball
Japanese love baseball and this is the most popular league in their country. It was founded in 1950 and a total of 12 teams take part in the sporting event. Consisting of 2 leagues, the central league and the pacific league, both of which consist of 6 teams each, they compete against each other.
At the end of the season, the winning teams in each of the leagues compete in the Japan Series. About 28200 fans in each game visit it.
#9. Big Bash League
Established in 2011, this Australian cricket league is fairly new and heavily inspired by IPL. As cricket is not as popular around the world as football, basketball and baseball, the IPL and BBL are making a difference by inspiring more countries to join the sport. BBL currently has 8 teams and is rapidly climbing the popularity charts. Approximately 28300 fans visit every game of it.
It has been one of the most popular sporting events in Europe for quite some time. It was founded in 1929 and currently 20 teams play the tournaments. Based on UEFA’s league coefficient rankings, it has remained the strongest league in Europe for the last five years. It shows an average attendance of 30,300 for league games.
#7. MLB or Major League Baseball
When it comes to fan base in America, baseball just can’t compete. With an average attendance of 30,500, MLB is one of the most watched sporting events in America. It was founded in 1903 and currently has 30 teams. Of these 30 teams, 29 are from America and 30 from Canada.
#6. IPL or Indian Premier League
India is a cricket loving nation and IPL hosts a celebration every year. IPL is one of the most watched cricket leagues in the world. It was founded in 2008 and currently has 8 franchises. An average attendance of 32,000 was recorded for each game.
#5. AFL or Australian Football League
When it was formed in 1897 it was called the Victorian Football League. Over time, the name was changed, but the fanbase never turned it down. Teams from five of Australia’s six states take part in the event, nicknamed Australian Football or Footy. It has an average viewership of 33500 in each game.
#4. The English Premier League
The English Premier League is made up of 20 teams, and while its global popularity rivals the NFL, the EPL lags behind the NFL by almost twice as much in terms of average attendance. The average number of visitors is around 36,500.
The EPL also enjoys cult status worldwide. It is the most watched football league in the world, broadcast in over 212 territories to over 643 million homes and a potential television audience of over 4.7 billion people.
#3. US College Football Division I FBS
College sports are a part of American culture and almost every citizen has his or her favorite collegiate team. In professional leagues, players generally have power, but in a college league, power is retained by the coach. A total of 125 teams are active in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The event has an average attendance of 43200.
#2. German Bundesliga
The German Bundesliga is in second place in terms of average attendance. It has a total of 18 teams. The season starts from August to May. It was founded in 1962 and celebrated its first season in 1963. Since then, 53 different clubs have participated in the event. It is visited by more than 43400 sports fans.
It is an American football league that has long dominated the list of top 10 sports leagues. The average attendance at the stadium during a game is over 68300. It was founded in 1920 with teams from three different leagues. Over time it absorbed all leagues and merged with the American Football League in 1970. Super Bowl is the most watched televised event that is part of the NFL.
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