World's Most Popular Sports (Ranked by 13 factors)

A list of the world's most popular sports from around the world ranked by 13 factors. This data is part of the Topend Sports analysis of the world's most popular sport.

Ranking Factors

  1. Global base & audience
  2. TV  Viewership numbers
  3. Number Professional leagues around the world
  4. TV rights deals
  5. Endorsement & Sponsorship deals
  6. Average athlete salary in top league
  7. Biggest competition & (number of countries represented)
  8. Social media presence
  9. Prominence in sports headlines on media outlets (websites, tv)
  10. Relevancy through the year
  11. Regional dominance
  12. Gender equality
  13. Accessible to general public worldwide

For more details, and a more comprehensive list, see the website www.totalsportek.com.

List of Top-10 Most Popular Sports

  1. Football / Soccer
  2. Basketball
  3. Cricket
  4. Tennis
  5. Athletics
  6. Rugby
  7. Formula 1
  8. Boxing
  9. Ice Hockey
  10. Volleyball


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