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Athletes always perform their best in the ground in order to make the moment most memorable in the history of sports. But the most important part of sports is the sports fans, the people who watch the game. Fans from all kind of sports are those who use to add their life to the matches and cheers with energy and enthusiasm. Some sports fans only afford to watch the game in front of TV. On the other hand, others make it to the stadiums to watch the game live. The fans usually watch the game wearing their favorite teams’ jerseys and wigs, as well as screaming and crying for their favorite players in the ground.
Our Sporty Ghost team has made an initiative to focus on the top 10 sports leagues in the world. You have to just scroll down to see the most watched league in the world. So, be ready and brace yourself.
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Top 10 sports leagues in the world:
Apart from the international sports events, these sports leagues across the world have earned so much popularity among the sports fans. Also, all these top leagues in the world ensure a healthy income to the athletes. If you read our highest paid athletes 2015, you will know details about how rich these players are!
10. Big Bash League:
The KFC Big Bash League is an Australian T20 Cricket Tournament. The tournament firstly commenced in 2011. The cricket tournament is participated by the domestic teams in Australia. The Big Bash currently replaced the previous one, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The league features only the city-based franchises instead of state teams, which had previously participated in this huge tournament. The top two teams in the Big Bash league will qualify to take part in the Champions League T20.
The Big Bash is considered as one of the elite cricket tournament in Australia. Currently eight teams participate in Big Bash League and a single season of this league consists of a total 35 matches. The Big Bash League is certainly one of the top 10 sports leagues in the world. In the last 2014/15 of Big Bash there was a total of 825,657 attendance watching this sports event all over the world.
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9. Canadian Football League (CFL):
Canadian Football League is one of the most popular sports leagues in Canada. The CFL remains at 9th place in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. It the highest level of competition in Canadian Football, which is a form of gridiron football and closely related to American Football. The league is consists of nine teams, which are located in nine separate cities across Canada. The teams are divided into two divisions, West Division with five teams and East Division with four teams. Canadian Football League is a 20-week regular season sports event, which traditionally starts from late June to early November.
The CFL was officially established in 1958 and became the second oldest professional gridiron football league in North America. The league is also played at the amateur level such as the Quebec Junior Football League, the Canadian Junior Football League and assorted senior leagues.
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8. Nippon professional Baseball:
Nippon professional Baseball competition is the highest level of baseball tournament in Japan. The game is also referred to as ‘Japanese baseball’. The league first started in 1934 organized by Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club. NPB was formed later on in 1950.
Nippon professional baseball league is consisted of two six-team circuits, divided into the central league and the Pacific League. The winning teams from the two leagues compete in the Championship series of NPB.
Nippon baseball league is at No. 8 position in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe took the initiative of expanding NPB to 16 total teams. The goal is to energize country’s regional economy by receiving the new teams.
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7. Indian Super League:
Indian super league is one of the top-tier Indian football leagues, while the other being the I-League. The league was founded in 2013 featuring eight franchise teams all around India. The football tournament runs from October to December, with a final series in order to determine the champions. Indian Super League stands at No. 7 in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.
The Indian Super League, ISL operates along the lines of T20 league, IPL and Major League Soccer in USA. The specialty of ISL is that, the league does not use the promotion and relegation system unlike the majority of the football leagues in the world. The league’s inaugural season started on 12 October, 2014, which was the 4th highest sports league in the history in terms of attendance.
6. La Liga:
La Liga or the officially named Liga BBVA is the top professional football league in Spain. The league consists of 20 teams. However, a total of 60 teams have competed in La Liga, nine of which have been crowned as champions. Since the early 50s, it was only Real Madrid and Barcelona who dominated the championship. Real Madrid won the La Liga title 32 times while Barcelona took it for a total of 22 times. All over the world, La Liga is one of the most watched football leagues among the fans. La Liga makes its way at No. 6 in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.
La Liga is considered as one of the strongest football leagues in Europe over the past five years. La Liga clubs have won the most UEFA Champions League titles (14) and Real Madrid being the most successful club with 10 titles in the Champions League. With an average attendance of 30,275 for the league matches, it is one of the most popular football leagues in the world.
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5. Major League Baseball:
Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball league which is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America. The baseball league also manages the international world baseball classic tournament too. MLB is consisting of 30 teams, 29 from the United States and 1 from Canada. The baseball teams play a total 162 games each season of MLB. Five top teams advance to a four-round postseason tournament that ends up in the world series. The baseball games are aired throughout North America as well as the whole world across. It has the highest season attendance of any sports league with more than 74 million viewers worldwide.
Major League Baseball has marked its step at No. 5 in the list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.
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4. Australian Football League:
Australian Football League is the highest level of professional football competition in Australian football. As the sport’s governing body, the AFL is responsible for making the law of the game. Previously, the Australian league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL), which had its inaugural season commenced in 1897.
Currently, the league consists of 18 teams from the five states of Australia, with every state apart from one having at least two teams at the league. The football matches have been played in all mainland states of Australia as well as in New Zealand. Australian football league is such a popular sports event that it stands at No. 4 in the list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. The AFL currently is composed of a pre-season tournament, which starts during the Australian winter. The top eight AFL teams then play off in a four-round final series and ultimately ends up in the AFL Grand Final. The final match is held at Melbourne Cricket Ground each year. The winning team is awarded the premiership cup.
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3. English Premier League:
English premier league is the England’s primary football competition and is contested by top 20 English football clubs. The selection operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the football leagues. In addition, the Wales clubs can also compete in this tournament. The premier league season runs from August to May, with each team playing 38 matches and totaling 380 matches in the entire English Premier League. Officially, English Premier League is also known as Barclays Premier League, due to its current sponsorship by the Barclays Bank.
English premier league is one of the most watched football leagues in the world, broadcasting in 212 territories to 643 million homes and 4.7 billion TV audiences. English Premier League ranks at No. 3 in the list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. In the 2010-11 season of EPL, the average match attendance was 35,363, which is the second highest of any professional football league behind German Bundesliga. Manchester United won the English Premier league title for a record 13 times and Manchester City being the last title winner.
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Bundesliga is a German professional football league with the highest average stadium attendance across the world. Bundesliga is Germany’s primary football competition and is very popular worldwide. This German league is contested by 18 football clubs and the tournament is operated on a system of promotion and relegation. The Bundesliga season usually starts from August to May. All Bundesliga football clubs qualify for the another major tournament, DFB-Pokal and the winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup.
German Bundesliga is placed at second position in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world. The Bundesliga was established in 1962 and the first season started on 1963. Since its founding, a total of 53 clubs have been participated in this league. Bundesliga is currently ranking 3rd in Europe based on recent European soccer performances. The average 45,134 fans per game during 2011/12 Bundesliga season, has earned the 2nd highest attendance of any sports leagues in the world. The football was also broadcasted over 200 countries worldwide.
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1. National Football League (NFL)
The professional American football league, NFL is considered as the most popular American sports. A total of 32 teams are participated in NFL and are divided equally between the American Football conference and National Football Conference. The tournament is a regular 17-week season starts from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas.
Initially NFL was founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association. The National Football League agreed to merge with the American Football League in 1966. Today, the NFL has become the most watched sports league in the world. It is one of the biggest sports events in the world. The Green Bay Packers is the most successful NFL team with 13 titles, while Pittsburgh Steelers is the most Super Bowl Champion with six titles.
National Football League is at No. 1 in our list of top 10 sports leagues in the world.
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The sports fans always play a vital role in developing sports across the world. The game itself shows its color and beauty to the world by the performing sportsmen. The popularity of sports are spreading fast for these kind of sports leagues which hold everyone’s eye for 12 months around and 24 hours a day..