We've seen kettlebells make a rise
Ultimate frisby is gaining popularity
What do you see as a future big sport?
Apparently the largest growing sport in US schools and colleges is Rugby. It's one of the largest world sports already, if it catches on in the US then it could become the World's biggest sport especially if large sponsors get involved.
While soccer should have succeeded in the US, it mostly failed - probably because it is so different to the big 4 sports - at least Rugby is physical and has some similarities to Football - I know one Football star has already switched to Rugby an is playing for the US team - as more switch then people will begin to take note.
The other sport that could succeed worldwide if the US starts watching it is T20 cricket - it's kind of like baseball, is very exciting and has cheer leaders - there is also a huge amount of money in the game!
Cycling is definitely up there! More and more people are taking it up everyday, but it just doesn't seem to hit the headlines unfortunately.
Rugby is definitely up there with worldwide accolade of late. And you're right about T20 cricket, it has me excited about cricket for the first time since I played cricket at school which was quite a long time ago!
But it does depend on how you quantify the 'next big thing', are you pondering this as being worldwide public glamour like football became, or F1, or something the general public can all take on without the glare of the spotlight.
If it's not the tv coverage but the thrill of taking part then apart from cycling, triathlons and mini triathlons are becoming very popular from what I can tell these days.
i don't know about big thing because it's the money that makes anything big for me. but if you're talking about a sport becoming popular, i have to say that i'd love to see ordinary medium-sized women running. i went to a church track and field event over this summer, and, i have to tell you, the hottest event was sexy 40 year-old women running, competing against each other. it was more than hot. believe me
I heard there clothed for home and naked for away!
I saw an episode of CSI from a few years ago regarding Lingerie Football.
Rugby is an interesting sport SimeyC- the recent world cup has highlighted how far some of the emerging nations have come. Especially with the expansion of the old five nations competition in the northern hemispher opening up over past years to Itlian rugby to become the Six Nations. It will be interesting to see if the tri nations tournament in the southern hemisphere opens up to the Argentinians in the coming years.
T20 Cricket has great potential as it seems to be a much higher pace. However many traditionalists frown upon T20. It is certainly a great sport that can be played almost anywhere. There are so many nations however I haven't heard alot about it's emergence in other nations as yet- what's it like in the USA and Canada as well as other countries in terms of development?
Triathlon definitely seems to be getting more publicity than swimming, cycling and running put together!
However not sure how many people know that that Mark Cavendish won the recent world road race championships
real football not that pansy a... soccer crap ! Its hard to say what will be the next big sport. I would say the strong man compititions and crossfit will be big before anything else thats been named!
Well Nascar is proving to be the second most popular sport in america consistently with little signs of slowing down, so I expect their popularity to grow over time. I also think that it'll be only a matter of time before motocross racing becomes popular. Plus, I can see extreme sports like skateboarding, surfing and etc becoming more popular because of video games like "Tony Hawk" bringing into the America's mainstream, so I think extreme sports will only get bigger as time goes on. Granted, it won't garner the same level of audiences that watch the nfl, nba or whatever, as they still have a long ways to go.
I think MMA will continue to grow for many years and became a major sport.
So you'd like to see running classified based on weight classifications and ages shop online fast' interesting idea. Not sure it would get off the ground but I see some logic in it!
Triathlon has it's own age and weight categories too- it has the Clydesdaale division for above a certain weight.
MMA has potential for huge worldwide growth both in participation, viewing and monetary value! It's not hit the big time yet here in the UK however is gaining in popularity
As for Fottbal (American Football) I can't see that getting big in the UK as we like to see continuous action- It has too many breaks for us. It has a following here but I can't see anything like the NFL developing long term.
0-0 tie with 6 shots on goal is not what Americans call a good time(aka soccer).
All I know is a couple of weeks ago I was flipping through the channels. And originally thought it was soccer on ESPN so I flipped on passed. I went back to check the bottom line and noticed right away it was rugby.
I figured there was absolutely nothing on, so I'll watch it for a couple of minutes. Within the first minute I saw 2 huge guys heads collide at top speed. They both fell straight to the ground out cold. It was a pretty entertaining segment to watch, but I turned it off after they were both carted off and haven't watched it since.
It is hard to say what sport will be huge next. A lot of the sports we watch today are pretty week. I for one do not even miss or care that the NBA is delayed.
Hockey is by far my favorite sport, better than Football.
The difference between football and hockey, baseball & basketball ("HBB") is that football is always entertaining while with the other three you have to wait until the playoffs for the real excitement (unless you are a die-hard). I believe there are too many HBB games and they dilute the product. It seems every Sunday though is an event for NFL games. I can't stand to watch a baseball game in the middle of June and I'm a Texas Rangers fan but the game is transformed during the playoffs. Every pitch becomes meaningful while during the regular season we have to struggle through it all. Hockey is pretty exciting to me but it just doesn't have the buzz until the finals when you see the absolute intensity of the players. Same with basketball. I believe nothing will ever supplant football... it will always be the game....
With Soccer (our 'football') the cup competitions with knockout stages get more boring the closer to a final in general.
Unfortunately I can't see NFL getting bigger than it is now however. The ill fated European League has never really taken off.
Nice. Any other poultry based sports you think could be big?
by rcrm89 10 years ago
Excluding darts () and multi-event sports like heptathlon/decathlon.I would say rugby.
by Bruce A. Beaudet 5 years ago
Which sport has the toughest athletes?I say professional bull riders are the toughest.
by scorpio777 12 years ago
why cricket becomes most popular.most of the people in different countries are saying they only watch cricket than any other game .is it good for other sports
by Faith Reaper 5 years ago
Sports enthusiasts - what is your favorite sport of all time and why?I remember growing up watching every sport known to man because my Dad loved sports so much, especially baseball. However, since being married to a man quite opposite of my Dad, who is not such a sports enthusiast, except...
by IndiePharm 10 years ago
What's more "manly sport? American football or British rugby?
by lesliebyars 9 years ago
It comes down to three sports really. Football, Boxing and MMA. Boxing is the most dangerous without a doubt. I hate to say it but deaths occur yearly in the ring. Boxing and MMA are my two favorite sports by the way.
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