Essay on Is Baseball Still America's Favorite Pastime?

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Bill Edson

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Is Baseball Still America’s Favorite Pastime?

It has been tradition in American sports that baseball is accepted as the nation’s favorite pastime. Recent historical trends now point to football as the new favorite of American sports fans. Comparing each sport as represented at the professional level, the National Football League (NFL) has grown in popularity over Major League Baseball (MLB). This notion can be supported with the analysis and comparison of three relevant statistical categories being fan popularity, television ratings, and generated income revenue. The results of the statistical facts now point to football as the most favorite pastime of American sports fans.
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Another way to measure the popularity of baseball versus football is by comparing television rating statistics between the MLB and the NFL. Using the crown-jewel of each league’s most recently played championship event as the common unit of measure, the 2009 NFL Super Bowl (Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals) was viewed by over 94.4 million people, while the 2008 MLB World Series (Game 5- Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies) was viewed by only 15.4 million people. As a matter of fact, in this category, The Kentucky Derby horse race and The Daytona 500 automobile race were also more popular than baseball in viewing popularity. Once again, football proves to be the more popular sport.

In the large market of professional sports, often, income revenue can be a measurable unit of popularity. Although it may actually measure which league has a more effective strategic marketing plan, the amount of revenue generated by sales and television contracts does speak to the level of popular support. Despite the fact that the MLB has a larger participating fan base over that of the NFL, football again finishes ahead of baseball and on top of the revenue chart. In the 2006-2007 fiscal years for each league, the total annual income revenue for the National Football League was approximately six billion dollars while it was only five billion dollars for Major League

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