For sports fans, 2020 has been a rough year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans aren't able to go to sporting events on a regular basis, and it has led to teams playing in front of no fans, limited fans or virtual fans. However, that hasn't stopped experts from taking a look at the most popular sport from every state, and to nobody's surprise, the NFL is king. In a new study done by Myprotein, it was determined that the NFL is the most popular sport in 19 of the 50 states. This was determined by analyzing tickets bought by fans through Vivid Seats in basketball, baseball, football and hockey.
"When it comes down to the most popular league, the NFL takes home the trophy as 19 states have the highest game attendance," the study said. "Ohio, South Dakota, Washington and Florida are just some of the states that love the NFL while other states like Nebraska, Alabama, and Oklahoma choose to spend time at NCAA college games - which figures, since these three states all rank top for producing legendary football players from their colleges." Here's a look at each state's favorite sport.
The addition of the Las Vegas Golden Knights is a big reason Nevada citizens love the NHL. The Golden Knights debuted in 2017 and reached the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year of existence.prevnext
The Portland Trail Blazers are the only pro sports team in Oregon and have had their share of success. The team won the NBA title in 1970 and have collected three Western Conference championships.prevnext
Only one state made the list for college basketball. With the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville basketball teams, no other sport is more popular in the state. The Kentucky Wildcats have won eight national championships while the Louisville Cardinals have won three.prevnext
Behind the NFL, college football is the most popular sport with baseball not far behind. It's clear that fall is the favorite season for most Americans as that is when football season kicks off and the World Series takes place in October. And based on the way those three sports are looking, it's likely they will be on top for a long time.prev