I am surprised a hockey team is more popular, but these statistics show they are.
Yeah, NJ is more popular than Detroit. That's pretty amazing. I personally don't know any Devils fans. ^^
Originally Posted by The Benjamin
Some authority figure you used, Benji. It's based on useless data.
What is the most popular sports team in the world?
without doubt a football team is the largest club i the world....begins with M and ends in R...it has to be a football team because such sports as all the american sports are only played in or around there own borders...where as us english invented the rules of football....every single country which has embraced football..have re-invented the game of football...and know one nation plays a similiar sort of game..and that is the beauty of the game...the reason that football is the the sport of kings is because it is cheap and you can it any where without forking out large amounts of money..or even large amount of players...football can be played with 1.....to ...way over a hundred....saying that i wouldn't fancy being in the net for the latter....
Manchester United would probably be, seeing as they are the richest club in the world, in the hugely popular club football scene. They also have legions of diehard fans on every continent, that's hard to beat.
Manchester Utd have the widest fan base of any team in the world, especially in China and Indonesia - and you'd have to say that anyone who has those places has the world, since 20% of the world is Chinese and 4% is Indonesian (cp 7% EU, 4.6% USA, 1.9% Japan).
Of other soccer teams, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Inter & AC, Juventus and of course now Chelsea, have international followings, but not even Real can match Man U's sales of shirts and TV rights around the world (it helps that Man U are playing in a truly exciting league, but that's another matter).
US sports teams fail to make much impact outside of America and former American colonies/occupied territories (such as Cuba and Japan), which is partly a result of the structure of US sports: with no relegation/promotion and with spending caps, no team dominates for more than a season or so, meaning that it's hard to pick up an international following. As well as, of course, the fact that they have so many ad breaks that no international viewers ever stick around for the end of a game. New York Yankees might appear popular on the streets of Europe and South America, but really its their caps that are.
And it's from South America that the world's most popular team truly comes from (though it lives for the most part in Europe): Brazil's national football team, without doubt the most graceful, charismatic and successful sports team in the world. They're everyone's 'second team' and make wearing yellow look good.
Agree with some... popularity.. Mexico is a soccer country, ask about Manchester United, nobody will tell u is a popular team, Real Madrid now, 2005 is most popular, as Brasil Natl Team also is. Anyway like it or not NY Yankees are known everywhere around the world even if baseball is only a minor sport. Of course because of the movies, caps.. but the REAL TRUE IS that is far more known. Can't say that of Manchester U. (try to ask a farmer from Nebraska or Idaho..).
I have to agree with one of two of the previous posts. The most popular and well known athletic team in the world would have to be either the LA Lakers or the NY Yankees.
The person who claimed than Man Utd. was more popular simply based on the total population of China and Indonesia? Well, their argument would be more valid if the majority of people in those countries - especially China, were wealthy enough to own televisions or purchase tickets to soccer games. I know there are plenty of people living there who do not live in poverty, but the fact remains that many, many people in these overcrowded, poor countries don't even have electricity or running water.
Just because a country is very heavily populated doesn't mean that ''everyone'' who lives there has the same tastes or preferences either.
So the ''population'' argument is moot.
While soccer is ''finally'' gaining popularity over here, the only reason so many people in the US are familiar with Manchester, is because Beckham and his Spice Girl were/are plastered all over the tabloids so often. Even then unless the reader is a soccer (of football) fan, someone might recognize his name ("Mr. Posh Spice" LOL)or his face yet still have no idea what Manchester United is.
I think as far as having the most FANS probably Man U takes it. However as far as overall popularity or recognition... no one comes close to the yankee logo. You can go anywhere in the world from eskimos up north to islanders in the south pacific and you will find SOMEONE wearing a Yankee Cap or T-shirt... even in Manchester and Liverpool!!!
The same cant be said about Man. U. Like I said, I do believe the most numerous, loyal and rabid fans of anyteam in the world.. but I dont think they are the Red Devils are the most RECOGNIZABLE...
The only team that I believe comes close is the BRAZIL National team. That yellow and green jersey is unmistakeable.. AND it has become a big fashion statement to wear... particulary here in New YOrk and in Miami..... I wear it myself and I am not from Brazil
I'm from China and i want to clarify that Basketball and not soccer, is now the most popular sport here. The Rockets(Yao) or the Chicago Bulls followed by Real Madrid and then Manchester City (Chinese player Sunjihai plays there) would be the most popular teams here.
Although I stand on saying that Yankees are the most KNOWN sports team in the world there's no doubt about that on the soccer side Real Madrid is the most important Club Team and only Brazil is at the same level. Ask any player: there are great teams in the world but only TWO that any professional player dream to face or play in, REAL MADRID and BRAZIL'S NATIONAL TEAM. The rest, Milan, Manchester U., Bayern Munich, etc are just great teams. the problem is that living in an anglosaxon country make u have a missperception of the reality (UK case is a good example). Real Madrid has followers all around the world, Europe, America, Asia... You wouldnt find a Manchester fan in the whole LatinAmerica which is, as far as I know, SOMETHING in the soccer world.
The worlds most popular team has to come from the worlds most popular game, so it has to be Football "Soccer"....The World Game. My choice is Real Madrid as the most popular and succesful football club team in history and Brazil as the most succesful and popular country team in history. Both are widely supported right across every corner of the globe, especially Europe, Asia, and South America. Manchester United would be 3rd on my list, however does not have the reach in South America and Real Madrid have overtaken them in Asia. Real Madrid having just overtaken Manchester United as the biggest club earner in football is further proof of their popularity.
The awnser is right under your fingertips...the internet will tell you that the most searched team.by far is the Dallas Cowboys..there has to be something to be said for that...and the manchester united argument...the population of china completley blows out the population of the entire european area...china is a very loyal country...so no manchester united is not the most popular team in the world...Yankees or Cowboys is number 1 by merchandise salesz worldwide...look it up!
To the last person that said the cowboys or the yankees were the most popular team in the world...
Fact 1: The number of internet hits and merchanise sale is not a true reflection on the popularity of a team. The sheer buying power of the US alone would dwarf many many countries. Football is "the world game" and most countries in Africa, Asia and South America simply don't have the money to buy these little luxuries that we enjoy. American sports are big money sports, unfortunately the vast majority of it's following and popularity are very much confined to the US.
Fact 2: The Football World Cup is the largest single sporting event on the planet, watched by even more people than the Olympic games, which is the 2nd largest sporting event, therfore it is crystal clear where the most poular team in the world would come from.
What the Cowboys person said, as I do, is that Yankees are probably the most KNOWN sport team. Of course this doesn't mean most popular -no one argues soccer popularity worldwide- and opposed to what you state, no soccer team is as known simply because there are too many popular soccer teams. Contrary to this, Yankees capitalize most of the following outside the US, from baseball fans, same can be said about NFL Cowboys. Yankee logo is unbeatable. I live in Europe so have a litle perspective on this.
You guys have the wrong idea. Really even though soccer is the most popular sport in the world, by viewing power and cheering power it has to be the ny yankees. The yankees have grabbed players from all parts of the world, (ie: hideki matsui from japan, chien-ming wang from tawian, jose contreras from cuba, mariano rivera form panama, just to name a few)they grab the interest of every culture with a tv. While in america our football is the most popular sport and the green bay packers are probably the most popular team, in the world the yankees are a staple. You couldn't go to a country with a tv and find no one who knows the yankees. Besides although man u is popular in america no one knows them. We do have quite a few people here.
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Sunday, April 3, 2011
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Hughes can't capitalize on Yanks' homers
Teixeira hits third, Posada goes deep twice, but Tigers prevail
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com | 4/3/2011 6:55 PM ET
DET@NYY: Jorge Posada hits his second two-run blast
NEW YORK -- Phil Hughes wants to believe that his velocity will come around with a little time, since he took home 18 victories and an All-Star nod last year after his right arm felt a little zapped early on.
Right now, though, Hughes has little room for error, and on Sunday, the Tigers took full advantage. Miguel Cabrera homered twice off the right-hander as Hughes lasted just four innings in New York's 10-7 loss to Detroit.
"It's tough," Hughes said. "You want to get off to the right start, and I didn't really give us a chance to win today, even though we scored enough runs to win. It's disheartening when you don't put in a good start."
Needing 90 pitches to get through four frames, Hughes saw his frustrations grow as the Yankees offered his typically generous support -- homering four times in five innings off Max Scherzer -- but still came up short.
Jorge Posada homered twice and drove in four runs, leading a charge that also included round-trippers from Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano, but it was not enough to outslug Detroit.
"It's a tough one," Posada said. "I thought we had a chance. We kept fighting and fighting, but it didn't happen."
Cabrera slugged a two-run homer off Hughes in the first inning, smacking a flat slider, and the hulking first baseman struck again for another two-run shot in the third, teeing off on a fastball over the heart of the plate.
"He hits mistakes," Hughes said. "He's a dangerous hitter, and you have to make good pitches to him. I just didn't do that today."
Catcher Russell Martin said that Hughes was left to lean on his cutter, unable to get much else over accurately.
"We had trouble putting away hitters when we were ahead in the count with his slider or his breaking stuff," Martin said. "We just didn't consistently hit location with fastballs."
Brennan Boesch also drove in four runs for Detroit, getting to Hughes for an RBI single in the third before slugging a two-run homer and lifting a sacrifice fly off long reliever Bartolo Colon.
The Yankees had eyed Hughes' velocity closely this spring, with manager Joe Girardi stating that he would be curious to see when Hughes begins to get to 93-94 mph, where he pitched at times last season.
Against Detroit on Sunday, however, Hughes was more in the area of 87-89 mph, maxing out at 91.
"It's still early in the year," Girardi said. "I'm not real concerned about that. You're more concerned about guys locating the baseball. That's the key, and he just didn't do it today."
Hughes said he is counting on his arm strength returning.
"It was there at the end of the season, and I feel fine," Hughes said. "I have no issues with thinking that it won't be there. Right now, it's just not. It's something I'll keep an eye on and work on."
The Yankees hammered Scherzer for six runs on nine hits in five innings, highlighted by a big afternoon from their new full-time designated hitter.
Posada slugged a two-run shot off Scherzer in the second inning and Teixeira homered for the third straight game with a solo shot in the third, becoming the first Yankee to go deep in the first three contests of a season since Dave Winfield did so in 1983.
Cano followed later in the third with an arcing shot that just cleared the right-field wall. But Scherzer shrugged off that cheapie, saying that it was much more important to get Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez out with two men on in the fourth.
"It is what it is," Scherzer said. "You lift the ball up in the air, it's short right down the right-field line. The wind got it and just took it out. For me, there's nothing more I can do."
Posada touched up Scherzer one final time in the fifth, going to right-center for a two-run homer, marking Posada's 17th career multihomer game and his first since Sept. 1, 2009.
"I'm a little shorter, behind the ball," Posada said. "I saw the ball well. I got two to hit."
The Yankees have set a franchise record with nine homers in their first three games, surpassing previous highs of eight set in 1932 and '81, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"That is a real dangerous team, and they obviously stack a lot of left-handed hitters and switch-hitters for that right field," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Colon was hit for four runs over four innings in his Yankees debut, three of the runs driven in by Boesch. Ramon Santiago also had an RBI double off Colon, who had not pitched in the Majors since July 2009.
Nick Swisher added an RBI double in the seventh off lefty Phil Coke to slice the deficit to two runs, but Ryan Raburn stroked an RBI double off Joba Chamberlain in the ninth and Jose Valverde closed out his first save of the year in the home half.
"Obviously, you want to bring out that broom in your first series, but you've got to give them credit," Swisher said. "Those boys swung the bats good today. We just ran out of innings."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Ouch...Phil Hughes had a dip in his velocity? Hopefully it is due to early season issues and not something that will be ongoing throughout the season.
Benji, it looks like your statement based on Google searches is deceiving. In terms of brand name and merchandising, no team in the world beats the New York Yankees when it comes to sells, and they are the most well known team in the world. Furthermore, you must consider baseball's growth in Latin America, China (where the Yankees are beginning a development program to cultivate the potential talent located on the mainland), Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and even in Europe, according to one of the people in my above post, says that he sees tons of Yankee paraphernalia. In terms of the closest teams to the Yankees worldwide, the Dallas Cowboys and the Manchester United are the only two professional sports franchises that come close.
Internet searches are not a good way to check popularity? Wow. BTW, that was total internet searches, not just google searches.
Hahaha, the only thing PALE this year will be the color of the American League WS Representative. That would be the Pale Hose of Chicago!
Originally Posted by Dagan81
Benji, we need a Yankees Suck set of smilies on here now!
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Try reading what those people said in the Answers.com column. No team sells more merchandise world-wide than the Yankees, and no team is recognized worldwide than the Yankees.
Originally Posted by The Benjamin