Major Sports Leagues in America

Sports in America

In most countries, sports are considered as part of that country’s or nations culture. In America, sports are seen as part of their history and culture, because some of the sports were founded in the early years, making them part of the country’s form of identity. American football is arguably one of the most watched sports in America, followed by other sports which trace their origins in America, such as baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey. In terms of revenue, there are four major professional leagues which include the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Football League (NFL). However, other sports disciplines have formed associations which manage all sports-related activities in their respective sport, such as Major League Soccer (MLS) which is often included in the top five leagues in America.

The Sports Industry in America

The professional sports market in America is 50% larger than the market in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe combined. All the top three leagues have got teams from Canada competing, while American football has not much following in other countries. All teams participating in the top league in different sports operate as franchises, meaning that if the clubs owners feel that moving the team to a different city will offer financial benefits, they can do so, but after league level based approvals.

Sports in America are generally associated with education, with most high schools and universities having their own organised sports and inter-schools competitions, with college football and basketball being the most popular disciplines. Apart from the top four professional leagues in terms of revenue, other sports in America include tennis, track and field events, golf and motorsports among others. America has also been selected to host major world sports events, due to the developed sporting infrastructure in the country.