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Poll: NFL is America’s most popular sport


Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (second from left) poses with the mothers of Seattle Seahawks players Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas (all not pictured) before the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. From left: Delisa Lynch and Goodell and Beverly Sherman and Debbie Thomas. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the ongoing concerns over concussions, the NFL is continuing to grow its dominant position as America’s favourite sport.

According to Darren Rovell of, the latest Harris Poll asking fans to identify their favourite sports, the NFL is building its lead over baseball as the nation’s sport of choice:

In 2014, 35 percent of fans call the NFL their favorite sport, followed by Major League Baseball (14 percent), college football (11 percent), auto racing (7 percent), the NBA (6 percent), the NHL (5 percent) and college basketball (3 percent).

The poll only asked for fans to identify their favourite sport, so while most will follow a number of sports, the 21-point lead that the NFL has built up shows that even with concussion issues, pro football rules the roost. 

Topics: Football, Polls, Sports

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