As times have changed as have the ways that people like to spend their time or entertain themselves, but one thing that has stood the test of time is the popularity of timeless sporting events and has led to the sporting industry growing into one of the biggest across the globe.
The industry is worth unthinkable amounts and has created around a million jobs, from athletes to trainers and so on. But, which sports have managed to grow their fan base as the years have gone on and which remain timeless to this day.
1. Horse Racing
The sport of horse racing has a long and rich history, from its beginning back in Ancient Greece when chariot racing was a popular source of entertainment for the people but as was mounting horses for racing. The popularity of racing began to grow and spread across the world and especially popular with the Upper Class in Britain, including the royal family who gave many races their prominence that still hold weight today.
Big racing events, such as the Grand National, generate hundreds of millions of pounds each year and hold the attention of an estimate of 600 million people around the world. A big attraction to horse racing is the link to betting that the sport has always had which is a big selling point to many fans due to the thrill that it brings; this betting can generate unthinkable amounts in single events from spectators who seek the thrill of the unknown and bank on their luck.
Football has been the most popular sport all over the world for as long as can be remembered. Association football/soccer has an unmatched fan base of around 3.5 billion people and played by 250 million players in 200 countries all over the world, but is predominantly adored in Europe, Africa, Asia and the US.
The sport has a worldwide value of an estimated 17 billion euros and has facilitated so many athletes to become as good as they are today, allowing them to earn massive amounts of money and make many players household names to even those who do not follow the sport. Even the fans are able to make money from the sport, using footy accumulators to get the latest betting tips.
Nowadays, Basketball is one of the top three most popular sports in the world, with a fan base of over 2 billion people all over the world, the majority of which are in the US and Canada, China and the Philippines. Basketball’s popularity is much newer than the likes of Football and Horse Racing as its popularity reached a peak in more recent years, but has now led to Basketball players being the most searched for athletes on the internet.
The NBA [National Basketball Association] – is the most famous league in the sport, is situated in North America and is composed of 30 teams whose players include some of the world’s most famous athletes, with the likes of Micheal Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and so many more claiming their fame playing in the NBA.