Sports Business Daily used data from a recurring Harris Poll to measure the most popular sports according to fans who follow sports. The current list is interesting because auto racing is in fourth place, behind only the NFL, Major League Baseball and college football. It is ahead of the NBA, NHL and college basketball, among others.
Youthful cart enthusiasts are likely to be bitter and shriek hysterically when they see data that clearly shows cart was not more popular in 1985 than today. Auto racing got 7% of the vote in 2010…and the trend is steady during the Tony George Indy Car years with 9% in 2009, 8% in 2008 and 7% in 1998, but only 5% in 1985.
One of the desperate yelps we will no doubt hear is that Indy Car does not register and all the numbers are for NASCAR. Fair enough. Were they for NASCAR in 1985 when cart was supposedly vibrant and NASCAR was not as popular? The poll says ‘auto racing’ and Indy Car is auto racing (as is NASCAR, F1, short trackers, road racers, etc.).
What is this sport more popular than? NBA, NHL, Soccer, college basketball, golf, track, bowling, tennis, boxing, horse racing and any sport in which women only compete.