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Sport is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it’s only getting bigger. With new leagues popping up every year, competition is fierce. The best way to stay on top is to keep an eye on the future. Here are the top 7 sports in 2021 based on popularity and accessibility.
What is the best sport in 2021?
1. Rugby League The world’s third most popular sport, in fact, according to HSBC, despite a decline in popularity in the US. Rugby league is often referred to as ’15-man rugby,’ because you don’t need 15 players to play. Since the game only involves eight players, it can be adapted to any number of teams with 15 players. Although, it was originally played by just 14-men teams, because of its violent nature. The game is played in two phases. In the first phase, the players are put into an offensive position. The ball is then passed through two goalposts. If the ball is kicked, the opponents get a scrum. The teams change sides after every three minutes. When the game is in the defensive phase, all players are “on the defensive” while trying to prevent the opposing team from scoring.
Soccer is the world’s number 1 sport. The World Cup is the biggest event in sport and is followed by millions of fans. The UEFA Champions League is Europe’s biggest club tournament. There are professional clubs all around the globe, including clubs in the United States and Canada. International soccer leagues can be found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Football is one of the world’s most popular sports. Popular teams include Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Celtic. Premier League football clubs are frequently highly valued, with star players such as Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, and N’Golo Kanté. In June 2016, Manchester City announced plans to build a $50 million training center in Miami.
As people seek alternatives to traditional sports, we’re seeing a growth in rugby in the US and the rest of the world. Thanks to its less predictable nature and lower risks, its popularity is soaring. According to the 2016 census, there are over 600,000 rugby union players in the US. Compare that to more popular team sports, like football, basketball, baseball, and soccer, and it’s no wonder the game is still growing in popularity. More people are watching rugby in the US and it’s now considered a medal sport at the Olympic games. The most well-known team sport in the world, the game takes place in many countries and was introduced by missionaries back in the late 18th century. The rules for the game are very similar to baseball or soccer.
Not every country in the world is familiar with American football. In 2016, Americans spent more than 10 billion dollars on college football and college basketball alone. With that kind of revenue, it’s no surprise the National Football League (NFL) sees over 32 million fans in the United States. When a sport has as much value and success as American football does, you can be sure it’s going to be played at all levels. The University of Georgia captured its first national championship in 20 years and expects to win back-to-back in 2017, and several others are favored to do so. Sixty percent of American boys play tackle football before high school, which is the equivalent of three times the number of girls playing soccer.
With the NBA Finals winning multiple Sport of the Year awards, basketball will continue to grow in popularity in the coming years. The sport is also the most popular among millennials, as most people enter the NBA during the golden years of their late 20s or 30s. The NBA’s current TV contract, worth $24 billion over 12 years, will surely help keep the sport as a leader in the American sports market. Baseball doesn’t often attract the big names, but that will all change with players like Bryce Harper entering the league. Though some may think a major league playing a major league sport might not make the best use of their time, sports like basketball allow them to play year-round, they can get paid for it, and have a chance at winning a major championship.
Hardball may be the top sport in the U.S. for men, but it’s a side sport in a world dominated by softball. In 2000, a home run was worth 50.63% more than a hit in baseball. Softball is a fun, exciting, and aggressive sport that has the perfect blend of speed, agility, and strategy. Women play baseball, softball, and basketball, but softball is generally known as the most popular sport among female athletes. In 2000, Softball’s national sports team was the fourth-ranked team in the world. Teams usually comprise twelve or fourteen women. The sport is increasing in popularity, with the World Games coming to Ohio this year. The national women’s softball team has had more gold medals than any other sport since 2002. Football may be the most popular sport in the U.S.
Baseball is America’s game, and no other sport makes more money. So it’s no surprise that, for a long time, baseball has dominated sports with its unique customs. However, the game has been changing over the years. More and more younger people are picking up a bat. This, along with an influx of lucrative ticket sales, is keeping baseball relevant. The New York Yankees, for example, are expected to make $2.2 billion in revenue by 2019. Safari World The popular safari destination will be redesigned with a focus on conservation and cultural education. Once opened, Safari World will showcase the uniqueness of the African landscape, educate visitors about conservation efforts, and present African wildlife.