For the 28th Year in a Row, Pro Football Is the Most Popular Sport in America
In 1985, there was a Harris Poll asking people to name their favorite sport to watch. The top two answers were pro football at 24% and pro baseball at 23%. Just a 1% difference.
Those have remained the top two most popular sports for the past 28 years. But something HAS changed . . . and that's the margin between them.
Harris just released the results of their 2013 poll on Americans' favorite sports . . . and now pro football has 35% of the vote . . . while baseball has 14%. So the difference has gone from 1% to 21% in less than three decades.
Also . . . college football is creeping up on baseball. It's up to 11%, just 3% back. Auto racing came in fourth at 7% . . . and men's pro basketball was fifth at 6%.
Two other interesting notes: Golf's popularity has been cut in HALF since TIGER WOODS discovered the joys of getting some strange on the side, and forgot how to play golf. Up until 2009, golf was getting 4% of the vote. Now it's down to 2%.
And men's college basketball is at its all-time low, with 3% of the vote for 2013. It peaked in 1989 at 10%. (Harris Interactive)