Sports Hierarchy

21 Nov

After some inspiration from a facebook post, I’m going to give my own response and see where others fall on this issue.  This is for entertainment/viewing pleasure (not for actually playing the sport).

Football > Basketball > Soccer (non-US) > Tennis > Baseball/Hockey > Golf

Feel free to comment, disagree, add sports and/or different qualifications.


Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Sports


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8 responses to “Sports Hierarchy

  1. nik

    November 22, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    basketball>everything (except climbing…they’re equal)


  2. trokspot

    November 22, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    But to watch…. I mean, I like a good episode of Ninja Warrior as much as the next person, but not quite on par with the other sports listed.
    Actually, you could probably insert that just behind tennis and before baseball/hockey. haha


  3. William

    November 22, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    You should also distinguish between college and professional sports. As professional sports are much much better. But I think your list is very off and extremely Amurican.

    Hockey > Soccer > Baseball > football (American) > Tennis > golf > Curling > and entire track meet > basketball.

    Playoff hockey is the best annual sporting event and is only beaten by the World Cup overall.


  4. Buddy

    November 22, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    Pretty solid. However, I don’t think it is fair to baseball and hockey to put them that close to golf. They are substantially more entertaining than golf.

    Football > Basketball > Soccer (non-US) > Tennis > Baseball/Hockey >>> Golf


  5. trokspot

    November 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    To Billy – I can’t help the context in which I grew up – America (#firstworldproblem). I do agree with the college/pro distinction as being important, but I just wanted to make it basic to start with…I knew that would come up though.
    I also like the addition of curling. Our time in Canada did make me a curling fan.
    I also like the World Cup (note that I did rank soccer pretty high – and I had considered putting it alongside basketball). It’s only every four years though. I also enjoy the uefa champions league which happens a lot more frequently.

    Buddy – I agree. I did give golf too much credit. At least I didn’t put NASCAR on there…that would have really pissed you off I bet. haha


  6. Jeff

    November 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Yo, baseball and hockey are distinctly different sports, with very different entertainment values. Lumping them together is ridiculous. Also, seeing the run up to and play during the MLB playoffs this year should really make you question your placement of it. Also, if more distinctions are needed, for the sake of clarification, live viewing vs. TV viewing should be taken into account. Hockey and baseball have significant added value when watching them live. Also, your previous post regarding qualitative research should make you realize that you are trying to quantify something that is really a qualitative question. For example, watching Bron Bron school Kobe would be entertaining to me in and of itself, but watching it with The King, would make it the greatest sporting event ever. Just as watching a Stillers game in a Stillers bar changes the experience too. These biases (as Bill needed to point out, but decided to skew in the other direction) are a valuable part of understanding this question, no? In addition, this post says much more about the person answering the question than it does about the sports themselves.


  7. Buddy

    November 22, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    I disagree that a track meet is more entertaining than a basketball game. I don’t think a sane person could watch an entire track meet. Obviously, there was a hint of sarcasm in Billy’s post. Anyways, I agree with Jeff’s conclusion that these posts say much more about the poster. It seems that the rankings are heavily biased by the writer’s hometown. For example, Mike and I do not have a professional hockey or baseball team. Jeff grew up in STL, which is arguably the best baseball city. Billy is from Columbus (Dublin) which has no NBA team. Also, the closest NBA team happens to be in the city he hates.
    It is hard to become emotionally involved when we don’t have a home team to identify with. With that being said, I think all these sports, except for track and golf, are extremely entertaining especially come playoff time. Time permitting, it would be difficult for me to seclude myself from watching any of these events if there was beer and pizza available.


  8. trokspot

    November 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Content absolutely matters…and I agree that the actual attendance vs. television watching counts a lot for these sports. As someone who rarely makes it to actual games/events, I definitely had television viewing in the forefront of my mind when I was making my choices of rankings.

    Just to clarify with my own posting, I wasn’t meaning to lump baseball and hockey together, I was merely placing them as equivalent and say that they’re tied for me as far as ranking.

    Also, I think that Buddy may be the voice of reason as far as these comments go thus far. Nice work, baller.



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