Tell me why Baseball is the favorite sport in the United States? If not, what is and why?
Baseball's not as popular as it once was. Nowadays it's lost ground to the National Football League and NASCAR.
It is still America's game. However, the NFL is almost the most popular sport now. The reason why baseball is America's sport, is because we invented it, and we popularized it.
I think baseball has risen to its highlight becasue it is a sport that can be picked up with a stick and a ball and played nearly anywhere there is some space. You dont need to be rich and frankly it doesnt matter which is why it is a social leveling play field at all ages; It is accessable and affordable. It starts at early ages when perhaps shared and taught by a parent who then watch the pros with that youth during baseball season and becomes a pastime and a tribute to those who made it trough the ranks and went pro. It is the dream lived sometimes vicariously, but one ambition any youth can have and own, any youth can aspire and admire.
Those are the same reasons adults watch with buddies and friends and talk about with neighbors and coworkers. The best thing is to yell your soul felt ire or joy and blow off your steam of life here where it is ok. It is the sharing and bonding that continues throughout a lifetime for all walks of life.
I preface this by admitting I'm a baseball guy, but the NFL is now the number 1 sport in the U.S. Baseball became our national sport because it began just as radio was becoming the dominant medium. Baseball lends itself to radio; it's a pastoral, almost lazy game with no set time limit and is played until someone wins, regardless of how long it takes (recent All-Star games notwithstanding). Furthermore, it's a game of statistics. Show me the newspaper box score from some sunny summer day 80 years ago and I know exactly what happened between teams that now have different names, on a field which no longer exists. Love of baseball was passed down from father to son, from grandfather to grandson. The legends of great players were passed down like mythology. Now, however, the advent of television has made the NFL #1. The American attention span can no longer follow a sport with no set time limit and the possibility of 20 or 30 minutes between commercial breaks. The death of newspapers and the 30 second sound byte have also done their parts in eroding America's pastime.
Without question American Football is the prime sport in the United States in the second decade of the 21 st. Century.
The amazing thing about baseball, however, is that it is still tremendously popular despite each team playing almost 200 games in about the same number of days. There are 162 regular season games plus another handful of exhibition and preseason games. The fact that teams like Boston and New York and some others consistently draw over 30,000 to each game, is astounding.
Football is played once a week and stadiums pack in 50,000 to 100,000 fans. During that one week, a baseball team may play 7 or even 8 games and draw over 300,000 paying customers.
When viewed in this context, you could argue that baseball is still the number one American Sport. With that said, I am going to 'flip flop; and ask: what is the number one must see sporting event? A no brainer - "The Super Bowl".
Baseball has always been known as "America's Pastime," but as others have concluded, other professional sports have grown in popularity and have, in many ways, overshadowed baseball. The change is due a number of factors which some my fellow hubbers have already outlined. Things like changes in media (a decline in radio and newspaper influence and a rise in TV), changes in family life (less time spent between fathers and children), and cultural shifts have all played a role in reducing the popularity of baseball. The NFL is probably the most popular professional sport in America at this time.
All that said, baseball is still an incredibly popular sport. Attendance records are broken nearly every year and many baseball fans are as loyal as ever. America is the land of opportunity, but also the land of competition. It's hard to stay on top!
There are a lot of people involve in the game, and players get to play any second or minute. There are a lot of bodies movements. It is a fun sport.
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