Guest Post – ~Ava Brown
10 most attended sports leagues in the world
Sport is a show. The better the show is, the more fans will be in the stands and at their TV screens. The more viewers, the more income, of course. That’s the whole simple formula for success in sports business. But theory is not enough. It might be easy to lure fans in with a splash of cash, but retaining them is not such an easy task.
We present the 10 most attended sports leagues in the world, who manage to maintain interest in the competition at a high level for many years.
***we used the average attendance data for the previous complete league season.
10. CFL (CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE)
25 000 SPECTATORS
The tenth place is taken by the Canadian League. We are talking about varieties of American football. No, it’s not hockey that took the top spot in Canada. The geographical proximity of Canadians with the United States contributed to the popularity of football in the country of the maple leaf.
9. LIGA MX (LEAGUE OF MEXICO)
26 000 SPECTATORS
The ninth place is given to the southern neighbor of the U.S. – Mexico. But if Canadians prefer the North American variety of football, Mexicans are closer to the European variety. Not all European leagues can dream of the lofty average attendance that Liga Mx realizes.
8. PREMIERA (SPANISH LA LIGA)
28 000 SPECTATORS
Surprisingly, one of the world’s biggest football leagues is only the 8th place. Barcelona and Real Madrid play in the Spanish Premiera, along with 18 others. If Messi and Ronaldo are watched by billions of fans around the world, the matches of famous Spanish clubs are collecting a much more modest audience than we’d have expected.
7. BBL (AUSTRALIAN CRICKET LEAGUE)
28 000 SPECTATORS
Unknown and incomprehensible to many Europeans outside the British Isles, cricket is quite popular in other parts of the globe. The colonialist history of Australia left their mark in the sport of this country-continent.
6. NPB (JAPANESE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE)
29 000 SPECTATORS
The Japanese love baseball. It has developed historically (and geographically). East is a delicate matter. In general, the baseball league of Japan is on the sixth place in the world according to attendance.
5. MLB (MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL)
30 000 SPECTATORS
Baseball is the first sport in the world to became a professional one. It is more than just a sport for an average American—it’s a lifestyle. Perhaps there would be more viewers, but with each team playing 162 games per season, it is not possible to visit all the games physically, hence the diluted live numbers.
4. AFL (AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE)
32 000 SPECTATORS
Australia makes the list again, suprisingly not for “soccer”. More than 32,000 spectators are the average attendance at matches of the Australian Football League.
3. THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
36 000 SPECTATORS
English Premier League – a sample of the sports business in Europe. As for the income, it may compete with the “Great American Quartet.” The rights to broadcast League matches are sold around the world, and it is not so easy to find an extra ticket on the average match.
42 000 SPECTATORS
But even the British can’t always catch up with the madness that German fans do during the games of their favourite teams. Dortmund fans are a different story altogether.
1. NFL (NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE)
69 000 SPECTATORS
No competition, no compromise. The NFL is the best League in the world. It is almost impossible to find a ticket for a game. Many American kids dream of playing in the Super Bowl. Unlike the other big American leagues, a team has but 16 games, half of which are at home.