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Many are big on online sports, and here’s why

Sport has been a part of people’s lives for centuries, not only does it bring people together, it also challenges people to test their unique skills and talents, it improves health and physical wellbeing, and it is entertaining. There are many types of different sports, either played by one person, as a team or with animals.

With the world being online, more people are able to participate in sport without needing to be at an event in person. Fans and avid sport enthusiasts can now take the games online, playing through their mobile devices any time they wish and staying up to date with the latest industry trends. 

The sporting industry is vast and has something to offer anyone who wants to be a part of it. Some of the main reasons why people love it is for the experience, it evokes excitement, and often gives a boost of adrenaline due to the unpredictable nature of the sport being played; no-one knows who the winning team will be. 

There is also an element of guessing and chance who will win, which challenges people to use their analytical skills, and some just get lucky when their guess is right and their team or player wins the game. There is a sporting game to suit anyone’s interests, below are some of the most popular online sports right now.

Basketball

Basketball is an American sport, played by two teams who need to shoot the ball into their hoop before their opponents get to the ball, the ball is passed around the team members by dribbling it. It has become popular worldwide, and is played by over 100 countries. The governing body for Basketball is FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and the NBA (National Basketball Association) is the most popular Basketball league worldwide.

Baseball

Baseball is a team sport, played with a bat and ball, with batting and fielding teams. The batter needs to hit the ball, thrown by a pitcher on the fielding team. Baseball is governed by the WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation). The MLB (Major League Baseball) is the oldest league in the United States and Canada. 

Boxing

Boxing is a hand-to-hand combat sport between two opponents, usually wearing boxing gloves with a referee supervising the rounds, which can range from 3 to 5 minutes. Boxing has been around since prehistoric times and is popular all over the world. There are several governing bodies for boxing each covering different countries and experience levels, however the major sanctioning bodies consist of the IBF (International Boxing Federation) and WBO (World Boxing Organization). 

Cricket

Cricket is a team sport, played by two teams, batting and fielding. It is played with a bat and a ball, while one team bats, the other team needs to stop the ball from getting off the field. The main governing body for Cricket is the ICC (International Cricket Council) and it started as early as the mid-16th century in South East England. Although it is played worldwide, it is popular in India, South Africa, United Kingdom, West Indies, and Australasia.

Football 

Football is one the most popular sports worldwide, also known as soccer within the umbrella of association football. It is played by over 200 million players in over 100 countries and has the highest number of television viewers worldwide. It is one of the most played sports in America, with over 1 million high school players and over 60, 000 college players. The NFL (National Football League) is the most popular and wealthiest league in America. 

Horse Racing 

Horse Racing has been around for centuries, where several horses race against each other on varying distances. It is prevalent worldwide and changes from country to country with different rules, horse breeds, and track layouts. Many horse racing events have stations where people can put their money on the horse that might win, this has made horse racing a billion dollar industry. 

Summary

With many more online sports and games to choose from and participate in, the above are some of the popular sports played worldwide. Read more here to find more resources about what online sport will suit you the best.

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