It’s no secret that the NFL is revving up its efforts to reach audiences around the world.
They have the International Series wherein regular-season games are played in the United Kingdom and Mexico.
This year, the league will also play in Germany for the first time.
That game on November 13 will pit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Seattle Seahawks at Munich’s Allianz Arena, home of Bayern Munich.
There’s also the International Home Marketing initiative which gives NFL franchises access to international territories for marketing, commercialization, and fan engagement.
It will take time before these efforts will win massive audiences globally.
But in the United States, football dominates television broadcasts as shared by NBC Sports’ Warren Sharp.
top-100 most watched 2021 US TV broadcasts
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) June 16, 2022
Sharp shared an infographic regarding the Top 100 Most Watched TV Broadcasts in the US last year.
It’s no surprise that the NFL had 75 of the 100 broadcasts.
On the other hand, the NBA, MLB, NHL, and soccer combined for zero.
The remaining top broadcasts went to political programming, the Summer Olympics, college football, college basketball, an Oprah special, and an episode of CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
Sharp tweeted this information in response to his early tweet which contained a video of a Fox Sports 1 analyst saying that soccer will be the most popular sport in the United States by 2026.
That’s a tall order with the way things are going.
Americans Love Football
The country has a deep appreciation for the game because it has been a part of their life.
Fans might have played football when they were younger, be it in high school or college.
Likewise, football games are also in the limelight during Thanksgiving.
The Super Bowl is also one of the most-watched sporting events annually.
Finally, there seems to be no offseason in football because fans still trade verbal jabs during the Combine, free agency, the rookie draft, and training camp.
Put those factors together and it isn’t difficult to see that football is king.