In the quest to find the world's most popular sports, I have used the power of Yahoo to find the most commonly searched for sports teams. These figures are from 2006. Search traffic analysis has also been used to determine the world's most popular sports.
Top-10 Sports Team Searches
The leading world sports team in terms of searches online for 2006 was the New York Yankees. The list is mostly made up of US based teams, with only the top three soccer teams from Europe making it into the list.
|1||New York Yankees||Baseball|
|2||Dallas Cowboys||American Football|
|3||Pittsburgh Steelers||American Football|
|4||Boston Red Sox||Baseball|
|5||Manchester United||Soccer / Football|
|6||Arsenal FC||Soccer / Football|
|8||Chicago Bears||American Football|
|9||Real Madrid||Soccer / Football|
|10||St. Louis Cardinals||American Football|
The results are biased to American sports due to the higher number uses of Yahoo search engine from North Amercia.