Sport is not only exciting to play, but also something that a lot of people right around the world watch. The sports you follow will probably be based on where you live, but there are a few sports that are so popular that it doesn’t matter where you are located, it still brings in a massive global audience.
Sport has the ability to bring people together, and that’s why many people choose to spend their days watching all different kinds of sports. But there are certainly some sports that are more popular than others!
Have a read on below at some of the most popular sports to watch in 2022:
Soccer / Football
Soccer is a sport that is played right around the world, there are countless international as well as domestic competitions each year. There is a current estimate of 3.5 billion soccer fans right around the world, predominantly from Europe, Africa, Asia and America. Soccer fans are extremely passionate and will support their team no matter what.
There are many different types of leagues that a professional soccer team can compete in, and a lot of them are based in Europe, for example, some of the most popular include the FA Cup, EPL, Champions League and Europa League. There are also popular leagues in almost every country, which have many fans as well, like the MLS in America for example. There are also major events that have countries right around the world compete, like the FIFA World Cup.
Next on the list is cricket, which is muched loved in many countries around the world, but others don’t really know about the sport, like America for example. Cricket has an estimate of around 2.5 billion fans, which are mainly from Asia (i.e. Indian), UK and Australia. If you have ever been to India, then you would know just how cricket mad they are.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) brings the best cricketers from right around the world to Indian to play in their domestic league. One of the things that fans love so much about cricket is the ability to adapt. There are different types of cricket matches to suit everyone, the main ones include a test match (5 days), a one day match (50 overs for each team) and a 20/20 match (20 overs for each team).
Basketball is also one of the most popular sports in the world. There are an estimated 2.2 billion fans around the world, and this sport is most popular in the USA. Basketball is much loved in America and many players strive to make it to the big time, the NBA. The NBA is one of the biggest leagues in America and it pulls a lot of eyeballs on the TV as well as to a physical game, there are also so many NBA picks available on the Internet.
Not only is the NBA so popular in America, but also College Basketball. In fact, March Madness is the most popular time of the year in American when it comes to betting. March Madness is where all the top College Basketball teams for the season come together to play and crown the winning team.
This sport has a lot of fans right around the world, with an estimated 2 billion people who are followers. Hockey is loved predominantly by those people living in Europe, Africa, America, Canada and Asia. There are two main types of hockey that people like to watch; field hockey and ice hockey. Ice hockey, in particular, is very popular in America and Canada, with a lot of players all around the world working towards a spot in the NHL.
If a player can make it to the NHL, then they are looking at getting international coverage, as well as a large salary. Players like Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin all have salaries in the millions of dollars, so it’s easy to see why amature ice hockey players have the goal to make it to the NHL!