Sports have become primetime entertainment thanks to live broadcasts and high level competition. Team rivalries and individual heroics also make the games more exciting. Leagues pull in billions of euros in revenue each year. The following are considered the biggest ones around the world:

American Football

This is by far the most popular sports in the US with the Super Bowl championship being the largest event of its kind in the country. The NFL is composed of 32 teams from different states. They have collectively earned over 12 billion euros during the 2016 season. This is not surprising since football is virtually ingrained in modern American culture. Kids start quite young with spots in school varsity teams being extremely competitive. By the time they go pro, they are seasoned athletes who can play the field with great confidence. It has its own share of controversies with frequent injuries and legal troubles but it continues to capture the people’s imagination.


This sport has been massive in the US since the days of Babe Ruth. Fans flock to the stadiums to see their favorite players and maybe even catch the ball after a home run. The pace is much slower compared to the other sports on this list but the bursts of action can be rewarding. Records continue to go down which shows just how well the players are improving over time. Major League Baseball or MLB is composed of teams from both the US and Canada. In the 2016 season, they were able to collect over 9 billion euros in revenue.


This is a major sport across the world but the NBA is considered as the number one league by far. It is composed of franchises that are based in the US and Canada but the players come from different parts of the globe. Many of the superstars are foreign including players from China, Spain, Argentina, Greece, and so on. The league earned almost six billion euros during the 2015-2016 season which was won by the Cleveland Cavaliers led by LeBron James. The NBA also has a big influence on other professional leagues in terms of the rules of play.

Association Football

America may have its own brand of football but the rest of the world follows a very different set of rules. This sport has its origins in England where it continues to dominate the headlines and the arenas. The top tier Premier League features 20 clubs based in England and Wales. They earned a total of almost 5 billion euros in revenue for the 2015-2016 season. Part of the attraction of the league is the acquisition of superstars from around the world, both players and managers. Some of the clubs have also been multiple titles in European championships.