Sports are universal. But rooting interests vary by country. Fans from the United States go crazy for football, basketball and baseball. International fans love soccer and cricket. And don’t forget about extreme sports.
This bears out on television. The Super Bowl is the mecca of U.S. sports, followed by the World Series and NBA Finals. For international sports, the Olympics and FIFA World Cup are the most-watched events across the globe.
In this thread, we shall be discussing about the most viewed sporting events in the world, Join the discussion and share your views on this topic.
Tour de France – 3.5 Billion Viewers
The preeminent event in cycling takes place each summer in France. In addition to being one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport, it is also one of the most difficult with a course that winds through the country’s scenic mountain roads. The race consists of 21 stages totaling approximately 2,200 miles, raced over 23 days. Competitors race as part of an 8-person team, working together to achieve the fastest cumulative time.
Dating way back to 1903, the Tour de France has become one of the biggest events in the sporting world. A recent article estimates that 3.5 billion viewers worldwide tune in to watch the Tour de France every year.
Golf – 450 Million Fans
Golf has an estimated fan base of about 450 million people worldwide.
It is most prevalent in North America, Western Europe, and East Asia regions.
In golf, players try to put the ball into a hole with the fewest possible strokes.
Baseball – 500 Million Fans
Not only is baseball a pastime sport in America, but it is also most popular in the Caribbean and East Asia.
The Major League Baseball (MLB), the pinnacle of baseball leagues globally, has about 500 million fans globally.
In a test of gender equality, male players grossly dominate the sport.
Summer Olympics - 2 billion viewers
Summer Olympics is the biggest multi-sport event in the world in terms of participants and sports.
The last viewership history shows the mega event has more than 2 billion viewers. It includes some of the most popular sports in the world such as athletics, swimming, and boxing.
The 2024 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, France from Friday 26 July 2024 to Sunday 11 August 2024. In a little over three weeks, 329 events in 32 sports will take place, with a total of 206 NOCs competing in addition to the Refugee Olympic Team. There will be a total of 35 venues, with fourteen sites hosting 24 Olympic sports located within 10km of the Olympic Village.
FIFA World Cup - 4 billion viewers
The FIFA world cup is not only the biggest football event but also the biggest sports event in the world right now. It has a record of more than four billion views before the FIFA world cup 2022.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be jointly hosted hosted by three North American nations : Canada, Mexico, and the United States in 16 cities from Jun - Jul 2026. The United States will host 60 matches, including every match from the quarterfinals onward, while neighbouring Canada and Mexico will each host 10 matches, making a total of 80 matches.
This tournament will be the first to include 48 teams, expanded from 32.
Boxing is one of the oldest sports on the planet. It has millions of fans all over the world. It is ranked one of the most popular sports in the world because some fights are watched by millions of viewers worldwide.
Floyd Mayweather V Manny Pacquiao in 2015 was the most watched ever match that has been watched by more than 900 million people worldwide.