Sports are universal and are played all over the world. Fans from the United States go crazy for football, basketball, and baseball. International fans love soccer and cricket. And don’t forget about extreme sports.
This bears out on television. The Super Bowl is the mecca of U.S. sports, followed by the World Series and NBA Finals. For international sports, the Olympics and FIFA World Cup are the most-watched events across the globe.
But what’s No. 1? These are the most popular sporting events in the world, based on the majority of viewers.
5. Winter Games
A quarter of the world’s population about 1.92 billion people tuned in to watch a portion of the 2018 Winter Games, down slightly from the previous event in 2014, which drew 2.06 billion.
The Winter Olympics puts many sports in the limelight that would not be widely seen otherwise.
Winter Olympic Games include:
*Cross Country Skiing
* Nordic Combined
* Freestyle Skiing
The Olympics in Torino, Italy, was the most popular on the international stage, but not so much in North America.
That’s because some events were seen more than 18 hours later in the Western United States, and Canadian.
The next Winter Games is going to be held on February 4-20, 2022 in Beijing, China.
4. Cricket World Cup
The Tournament takes place every four years and the fans gain a lot of interest in this event. In 2019, this event was the most-watched Cricket World Cup in history, shattering every TV and digital record.
The event was televised into over 220 territories on 46 separate TV channels, and video content had over 4.6 billion views, with3.5 billion minutes watched across Facebook and YouTube.
The 2019 Cricket World Cup, hosted by England and Wales, set a new record for viewership. An incredible 2.6 billion people tuned in, making it the most-watched cricket event of all time.
The next Cricket World Cup is going to be held on February 9 – March 26, 2023, in India.
3. Tour De France
The Tour de France is not only the most prestigious cycling race in the world, but it draws an impressive audience.
The preeminent event in cycling takes place each summer in France. In addition to being one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport. The race consists of 21 stages approximately 2,200 miles, raced over 23 days. Competitors race as part of an 8-person team, working together to achieve the fastest cumulative time.
According to race organizers, 3.5 billion people in 190 countries watch the Tour de France each year, with 12 million roadside spectators, Time reports.
it is also the longest major sporting event covering three weeks in some of the most beautiful settings France has to offer, and since it takes many days to cover, that pushes the overall attendance numbers.
The next Tour de France sporting event is going to take place in France between July 1-24, 2022.
2. Summer Games/ Olympics
The Summer Olympics are the most-watched international event. It’s a spectacle that captures everyone’s imagination, and it contains the most popular sports worldwide, including the US As for the most-watched Summer Games.
Summer games include several sporting events: follow the links for more info about each sport)
3. basketball (including 3×3 4. basketball)
5. beach volleyball
10. cycling (track, road, 11. mountain, BMX)
13. equestrian (dressage, jumping, 14. and eventing)
16. field hockey
21. modern pentathlon
22. roller sport (skateboarding)
24. Rugby 7s
25. sailing (including 26. windsurfing)
32. table tennis
35. track and field
37. volleyball (indoor)
38. water polo
Recently Added Sports & Events
3×3 basketball (as part of 41. basketball in 2020)
44. golf (in 2016)
45. rugby (in 2016)
48. Recently Removed Sports
The Summer Games not only offer a variety of different sports to watch, but they also feature incredible personal triumphs, underdog stories, record-breaking feats of strength and endurance, and the opportunity to showcase national pride. With people around the world eager to cheer on their home country, it is no wonder billions of people want to spectate.
Every four years, the Summer Games are hosted in one of the world’s most attractive destinations, contributing to it being one of the highest attended sporting events. With a global average reach of 2 billion viewers, it’s also one of the most-watched on TV.
Next Summer Games: July 26 – August 11, 2024, in Paris, France
1. FIFA World Cup
As the Summer Games, the World Cup is right up there at the top in terms of popularity. This 32-team tournament (which will be expanded to 48 teams in 2026) features national soccer teams from around the globe competing until one team is found a champion. When it comes to international soccer, most of the planet is tuning in. The most-watched in history came in 2018 in Russia, which went all-out by spending $14.2 billion, the most in World Cup history.
Previous World Cups held in Brazil, France, Germany, and South Africa have surpassed 3 billion in viewers. Soccer brings out more passion to international fans than any other sport, and it’s also making some good headway in the U.S.
In terms of TV viewership, the World Cup numbers are regularly in the billions, with 3.262 billion (that’s half the world’s population!) tuning in 2018.
Next World Cup: November 21 – December 18, 2022, in Qatar.
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