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Old 05-02-2011, 04:28 AM   #1
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Talking Is basketball popular in USA?

I'm from China and basketball is more popular with Chinese young people than any other sports such as soccer or volleyball~
But I was told that basketball or rather NBA is not the most popular sport in America which is about the forth popular sports~
Is that true?
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Is basketball popular in USA?

(American) Football is pretty easily #1, and Baseball arguably #2 although I think basketball and baseball are nearly interchangeable.

Basketball is still very popular, not just in the NBA, but March Madness etc.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:37 AM   #3
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Yes very.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:26 AM   #4
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(American) Football is pretty easily #1, and Baseball arguably #2 although I think basketball and baseball are nearly interchangeable.

Basketball is still very popular, not just in the NBA, but March Madness etc.

They really aren't. Baseball far and away dominates everything basketball related. It helps that they have nearly 5000 games every year in the majors alone, but they still are very far ahead of basketball. Expect it to be even larger a gap if the NBA locks out and misses some or all of their next season. At this point, the NBA could lose enough audience from a lockout that the NHL may take the 3rd spot amongst pro leagues.

And to the OP, yeah. Basketball is not nearly as popular here as it is overseas. Though, to be honest, China may be the only country in the world where basketball is most popular. Other than a few countries (America with football, Canada/Russia/Scandanavia with hockey, Australia/New Zealand with rugby, Japan/Latin America with baseball), the vast majority of the world has soccer as their most popular sport.

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Old 05-02-2011, 08:30 AM   #5
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They really aren't. Baseball far and away dominates everything basketball related. It helps that they have nearly 5000 games every year in the majors alone, but they still are very far ahead of basketball. Expect it to be even larger a gap if the NBA locks out and misses some or all of their next season. At this point, the NBA could lose enough audience from a lockout that the NHL may take the 3rd spot amongst pro leagues.

And to the OP, yeah. Basketball is not nearly as popular here as it is overseas. Though, to be honest, China may be the only country in the world where basketball is most popular. Other than a few countries (America with football, Canada/Russia/Scandanavia with basketball, Australia/New Zealand with rugby, Japan/Latin America with baseball), the vast majority of the world has soccer as their most popular sport.


I hope u mean ice hockey.

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Old 05-02-2011, 08:38 AM   #6
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I hope u mean ice hockey.

Yep, that is my mistake. I'll fix it right now. That's what I get for trying to work and post on here at the same time.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:41 AM   #7
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Default Re: Is basketball popular in USA?

Football is number 1 by far now.

Baseball is still clearly number 2....although this is slowly changing and the gap will really narrow over the next 10 years given the generational changes going on right now.

The NBA can't afford a lockout or missed time. It would be devastating right now. Absolutely horrible.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:50 AM   #8
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Default Re: Is basketball popular in USA?

not as popular as Badminton here in the U.S.A.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:20 AM   #9
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3rd popular sport.
But, some of the NBA's athletes are more well known than MLB stars.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:23 AM   #10
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3rd....for a brief minute in the 90's it was 2nd, after the MLB strike of '94 and Jordan/Bulls and all those other stars of that time.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:23 AM   #11
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Default Re: Is basketball popular in USA?

basketball is the most popular sport to get together with your friends and play I believe.

I mean I drive past courts all the time and there are always people there.
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basketball is the most popular sport to get together with your friends and play I believe.

I mean I drive past courts all the time and there are always people there.
Yeah more people probably play basketball, than any other sport, in the U.S. NBA stars tend to be more relevant as celebrities, than other sports stars, and I hear more people talk about basketball than any sport other than football.

People just don't watch the games, for some reason.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:17 AM   #13
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They really aren't. Baseball far and away dominates everything basketball related. It helps that they have nearly 5000 games every year in the majors alone, but they still are very far ahead of basketball. Expect it to be even larger a gap if the NBA locks out and misses some or all of their next season. At this point, the NBA could lose enough audience from a lockout that the NHL may take the 3rd spot amongst pro leagues.

And to the OP, yeah. Basketball is not nearly as popular here as it is overseas. Though, to be honest, China may be the only country in the world where basketball is most popular. Other than a few countries (America with football, Canada/Russia/Scandanavia with hockey, Australia/New Zealand with rugby, Japan/Latin America with baseball), the vast majority of the world has soccer as their most popular sport.

Russia and Scandinva have defo football most popular. India has cricket.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #14
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Default Re: Is basketball popular in USA?

I'm from Latvia. Ice-hockey is most popular sport. NBA ir most popular league. Michael Jordan is most famous athlete in here.

I also know that in Philippines basketball is #1 sport, boxing #2 despite their hero Manny Pacquiao.

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Old 05-02-2011, 11:21 AM   #15
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Basketball as a sport, is firmly number 2 in the US.
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