Most Popular Searched Sports in the United States

There are regional differences in the popularity of sports. Here is a discussion and list of the most popular searched sports in the United States, using online searches as the measure of popularity. See more on the most popular sport in the US.

Popular Sports Search Terms in the United States

Here are the most searched for sports names in the United States, useful to gage the relative popularity of particular sports. The data is collected over a four year period to account for the affect of annual events and other major events that may occur every four years. For this list only the search popularity of sports names or words describing a group of sports (e.g. football) is included.

Rank Sport Search Volume Notes
1 football 100 for most searches, people would be most likely looking for information about American Football (gridiron), not soccer.
2 golf 60
3 basketball 45
4 baseball 40
5 soccer 35
6 hockey 20
7 ncaa 20
8 tennis 15
9 ufc 15 Ultimate Fighting
10 wrestling 10



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