Baseball vs. Football Which is the True American Pastime

Baseball vs. Football Which is the True American Pastime

Baseball vs. Football: Which is the True American Pastime

Baseball vs. Football: Which Is The True American Pastime

In today?s world of big time professional sports there are the two major players and they are football represented by the National Football League (NFL) and baseball represented by Major League Baseball (MLB). Now there are other sports that the American public enjoys watching, however the argument generally boils down to which sport is the true favorite of the American people: baseball or football. In this paper I will attempt to examine both sports from several different angles to include attendance, television revenue, ticket costs, venues, salaries, entertainment value, and athlete perception. The goal of this exercise will be to determine, once and for all, which sport is the American favorite and can truly be called the ?American Pastime?.

One of the single greatest measurable facets of professional sports is attendance. A sport?s popularity is in direct correlation to the number of people that will show up to watch that sport. Overall 2000 regular season attendance in Major League Baseball was a record 72,782,013 in 2,416 games for an average per game crowd of 30,125 whereas official

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