Spectator sports

This article is about watching sport. For participating in sport, see Sport.

Watching sport is a popular pastime around the world, be it a major international event such as the Olympic Games, or a minor league football game.

Articles about watching sport

Events with multiple sports


Commonwealth Games

Olympic Games

Pan American Games

Events for a single sport

American football

National Football League

NFL International Series

Three regular season games, all held in London (England, not Ontario in case you were wondering). The NFL has contracts with the following venues for future games:

For the 2016 Season, games are scheduled to be:

US college football

Note that each of these games is the championship for the previous calendar year. The bulk of the American football season takes place in the northern hemisphere fall/autumn.

Other events

Australian rules football

Baseball

see also Baseball in the United States

Basketball

NBA

The NBA (National Basketball Association) season runs from late October to mid-April, followed by a 16-team tournament that ends in the NBA Finals in June. All tournament matchups consist of best-of-7 series, in which a team must win four games to advance to the next round or, in the Finals, to win the championship.

US college basketball

The biggest event in US college (university) basketball is the NCAA Division I men's tournament. The Division I women's tournament draws considerably less interest, but is still the biggest event in American women's college sports. The four-team final round of both tournaments is known as the Final Four. Future Final Four sites are:

Men
Women

Euroleague

The Euroleague is basketball's equivalent to the UEFA Champions League in association football (soccer), featuring top club teams from throughout Europe (note that in sports, "Europe" includes several countries either partly or totally in Asia, most notably Russia, Turkey, and Israel). The season starts in October and ends with its own Final Four in May.

Canadian football

Golf

Men's

Major championships

Three of the four men's major championships are held in the US. The only exception is The Open Championship, also known as the "British Open".

Other significant events

Women's

Major championships

Three of the five women's major championships are held in the US.

Other significant events

Ice hockey

Men's

Women's

Motor racing

See also: Motor sport

Formula One

See the dedicated article.

NASCAR

A U.S. stock car racing organization, and the country's most popular form of motorsport. The term "stock car" is a historic reference; when NASCAR first organized races in the years immediately after World War II, the cars were in fact "stock"—exactly as purchased from dealers, with minimal safety-related changes. Over time, the cars changed to the point that they are only vaguely similar in external appearance to current street vehicles, with much more powerful engines and far more safety equipment. NASCAR now operates three national touring series:

Most races are held on oval tracks; only two races in the Sprint Cup, three in the Xfinity Series, and one in the Truck Series are held on road courses. Equally unique is that the Truck Series hosts one event each year on a dirt oval; all other tracks in all series are paved. Also, the Truck Series is the only one of the three that races outside the U.S., hosting a single race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a road course near Bowmanville, Ontario (near Oshawa, on the edge of the Greater Toronto Area).

Historically, the sport was centered in the Southeastern U.S., but beginning in the 1990s expanded to become a national spectacle. A typical NASCAR event spans a long weekend, with two or even all three series holding races at one site. Unlike most sports, NASCAR's biggest event is the first race of the season:

IndyCar

A U.S.-based open-wheel racing series. It was established in its current form in 2008, when the IndyCar Series (launched in 1996) merged with the former Champcars series. The merger is a story in itself—as late as the early 1990s, open-wheel racing, governed by a body known as CART (which later became Champcars), was the most popular form of motorsport in the U.S. However, in 1994, the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the series' marquee event, the Indianapolis 500, had a bitter falling-out with CART, leading to the creation of the competing IndyCar series (which took the Indy 500 with it). The feud led many former open-wheel fans to abandon the sport, often for NASCAR. By the time the feud ended, attendance and sponsorship money for the sport were a fraction of what they had been only 15 years earlier.

Currently, all of the series' races are held in the U.S. except for one in Canada. The tracks are a mixture of ovals, road courses, and street circuits.

The series' marquee event, as mentioned above, is:

Rugby

see also Rugby football

Rugby union

Soccer

see also Football in Europe

Men's

Women's

Handball

Olympic or team Handball is a fast paced team sport that is mostly played indoors and enjoys considerable popularity in most of continental Europe. The world cup as well as the European championship are major events, second only to soccer. The best national leagues (found in Germany, France and the Nordic countries) battle out a club champion every year.

See also

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