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NFL Football Is America’s Most Popular Sport

Calling baseball “America’s pastime” is getting to be patronizing at this point.  Because football passed it a long time ago . . . and that ain’t changing anytime soon.

The Harris Poll just released their annual list of the most popular sports in the U.S., and for the 25th year in a row, NFL football was number one. Read the full results on the next page…

When they started this poll in 1985, the margin was tiny.  Pro football got 24% of the votes for favorite sport . . . pro baseball got 23%.  In the most recent survey, in 2010, that margin was 31% for the NFL, 17% for MLB.

Baseball still managed to beat out all of the other major U.S. sports.  College football came in third, at 12% . . . auto racing was fourth, at 7% . . . and pro basketball came in fifth, at 6%.

Those are followed by hockey . . . men’s soccer . . . men’s college basketball . . . men’s golf . . . track and field . . . bowling . . . men’s tennis . . . boxing . . . horse racing . . . women’s tennis . . . and swimming.

Four sports didn’t even get 1% of the vote:  women’s pro basketball, women’s soccer, women’s college basketball, and women’s golf.

For what it’s worth, mixed martial arts isn’t included in this survey.

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