As I settle in to watch the SuperBowl, the pomp and spectacle brings home to me that the NFL is the #1 major sports league. I watched a game nearly every Sunday this past season. The sport is probably the most widely watched by people of all races and places and has the most passionate fans (think fans of the Packers, Raiders, Eagles, I could go on…).
Compare that to the NBA: It just seems kind of stale to me. My friend Ricky asked me to name any player on the Seattle Sonics and I couldn’t. We determined that the only things we knew were that the Suns and Mavs are doing well this season. Maybe it’s because I live in a town whose team isn’t doing so well.
MLB: Has done a good job retaining viewer interest with the influx of international players and rivalries, and I love watching baseball but usually do so in earnest towards the tail end of the season when the games "matter".
Tennis: My wife and I enjoy watching the majors. Roger Federer’s dominance is something to watch and I look forward to tracking him on his quest for both a Grand Slam and to beat Pete Sampras’ major wins record.
Golf: The intrigue of Tiger chasing Jack’s major wins record along
with the other big name players (Phil, Vijay, Ernie and others) holds
lots of interest for viewers. When the big names aren’t in a tourney,
interest level goes down. I know that the remaining players are still
unbelievable talents and players but there really is less interest in
Nascar: I know it’s super popular in the US (#2 in viewership I think)…If I were more into the drivers, that’d be one thing, but watching cars go ’round a circle for a few hours holds zero interest for me.