Basketball has almost 1 billion followers. It is the most popular sport in USA with NBA earning revenue of almost $4.75 billion every year. Renowned Professional NFA leagues are present in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Argentina, and China. Basketball is spreading across the world and new leagues are formed every year.
There is always a discussion about the second most famous sport in the world. Based on our criteria and contemplating it with the date generated in the last decade, Basketball has reinforced its supremacy as the second most popular sport. It is a fast growing sport and is spreading like a wildfire. Here are some stats that help us establish the popularity of basketball.
Second most number of professional Basketball leagues worldwide:
Basketball has the most number of professional leagues across the world. NBA which is based in America is most prestigious of all basketball leagues.
Third most powerful Basketball league in the world:
Status of American basketball league can be estimated in a way that is third largest professional league in sports all over the world, falling just behind premier league and NHL. It made an annual total of 4.75 billion dollars as its revenue in year 2014.
Highest Average Salary of Basketball Players:
Basketball players has the highest average salary. An NBA player makes an estimated 4.4 million dollars per year, where as highly ranked athletes in NBA make more than 13 million dollars per year whereas some earn more than 22 million dollars. Kobe Bryant is one of the most famous basketball players he made a record amount of 25 million dollar in a single year.
Basketball Players Endorsement Deals:
Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant who made top 10 list of highest paid players, in addition to their huge playing fee they also signed lucrative endorsement deals allowing them to earn more than 50 million dollars in a single year.
Basketball is Fastest growing sport:
Basketball is growing at a tremendous pace. Its popularity fans are increasing every day. Its popularity is increasing particularly in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Serbia and Lithuania where basketball is now the second most popular sport.