Most followed sports leagues in the U.S. 2019, by gender

There are widely considered to be four major professional men's sports leagues in the United States and Canada - NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. The professional soccer league (MLS) has also achieved some popularity in the United States in recent years. During a 2019 survey, 39 percent of male respondents stated that the National Football League, NFL, was their favorite men's U.S. professional sports league to follow.

Most popular men's professional sports leagues among fans in the United States as of July 2019, by gender

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Release date

August 2019


United States

Survey time period

July 23 to 31, 2019

Number of respondents

6,599 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Missing percentage points to 100 percent are probably due to rounding.

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