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Top 10 Sports That Are Entertaining to Watch

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Sean Harris Whether you’re an arena-goer, or an armchair sportsman – make yourself comfortable! Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 most entertaining sports to watch! For this list, we’ve ranked sports in terms of their ‘watch-ability.’ To be in contention, they can be played by pros or amateurs, in North America or around the world – doesn’t matter. However, the end results of the matches have to be unpredictable, so a sport like WWE Wrestling wouldn’t make the list. And finally, the game has to be exciting for both a TV viewer, and somebody attending the event live. Special thanks to our user kenn1987 for submitting this idea through our Suggest Tool at WatchMojo.comSuggest
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Script written by Sean Harris

Top 10 Sports That Are Entertaining to Watch


Whether you’re an arena-goer, or an armchair sportsman – make yourself comfortable! Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 most entertaining sports to watch!

For this list, we’ve ranked sports in terms of their ‘watch-ability.’ To be in contention, they can be played by pros or amateurs, in North America or around the world – doesn’t matter. However, the end results of the matches have to be unpredictable, so a sport like WWE Wrestling wouldn’t make the list. And finally, the game has to be exciting for both a TV viewer, and somebody attending the event live.

#10: Rugby

We begin with brawn! Though not as popular in the Americas, rugby is an otherwise worldwide sport, with a massive following! The British nations, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are among the game’s most successful – and rugby is growing in continental Europe as well. Venues such as Twickenham and Murrayfield ensure an awesome live experience, while the fast pace and fierce power provoke us out of our living-room seats on a regular basis. Want warriors? Watch rugby!

#9: Freestyle Snowboarding

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi did a huge amount to further establish winter sport, but few disciplines saw their profile sky-rocket more than snowboarding! Alpine excitement just doesn’t get any better than this! A lot of us don’t know our frontsides from our fakies, but it doesn’t really matter! The twists, the turns, the risks, the rewards… The boarder’s big air is our big thrill! With every run, their lives are on the line and our jaws are on the floor!

#8: Aussie Rules Football

There are rules to this sport, but they’re a little bit sketchy! The primary aim is to get the ball between the two tall goal-posts – or at least through the ‘behind’ posts… To do that, a team has to move the ball between themselves, in a variety of ways. Kicking is allowed, handling is allowed, running with the ball is allowed… It’s like rugby crossed with NFL crossed with soccer with a dash of basketball… What’s not to like!? The only thing that’s easy to predict is that it’ll be exciting! In short, Aussie Rules… Rules!

#7: Major League Baseball

At seven, we slow things down a little! If there’s a better way to while away a weekend than taking in a ball game, we’ve yet to find it! Baseball is as much a part of American culture as Thanksgiving or The White House – and the Major League is its main stage! For the spectator, it’s all about good food, good company and (hopefully) good weather… The tension’s inescapable though, as every single ball matters! Cheering a home-run with hot-dog in hand, singing along at the seventh inning stretch… It doesn’t get better than that!

#6: Basketball

Whether we’re watching the NBA or NCAA, Basketball is almost as unrelenting on the audience, as it is on the athlete! One ball, two hoops, four quarters, 2 teams of 5 players – it’s a simple premise, but a sensational spectacle! The ticking timer, the squeaking sneakers, the nervy near-misses, the high scores… Whether you’re court-side or sofa-side, this sport’s easy on the eyes, but hard on the heart-rate! When the buzzer sounds, it takes more than a few moments to calm down!

#5: Tennis

In terms of individual performance, determination and character, there are few sporting showcases more impressive than a tennis match! The game’s got history, it’s got energy, it’s got excitement in abundance! Even if it does strain our neck muscles, we just cannot take our eyes away! The rallies are what we’re watching for, and the aces, and the questionable out-calls! The players make a point to try and win every point, and that’s why we love it! Game, set and match, a great spectator sport that’s popular the world over!

#4: NFL Football

There are few sports with a level of production to match this one! Quite apart from being a unique physical test for the players, it’s a show that stands out on any TV schedule! We tune in for the tough tackles, tactical time-outs, and headline-making touchdowns! A game that gets us talking like few others, there are as many controversial moments as there are iconic ones! Another icon that’s as American as apple pie; the guts, the grandeur, the glory of the Gridiron has us all hooked!

#3: 100-Metre Dash

Taking third place on our podium is a sport so quick that blink, and you really will miss it! Any evening of track and field holds a certain type of romance, but 100m finals night… That really is a red-letter day! This is sport boiled down to its absolute fundamentals – and we cannot get enough of it! For ten seconds, we don’t think, blink, breathe or move! The men and women in this race are the fastest in the world… And the winners? Superlatives just don’t do them justice!

#2: Hockey

Almost everything is more exciting on ice, but few things thrill when chilled like hockey does! There’s undoubted skill, unbelievable speed, and an addictive ‘edge of your seat’ atmosphere! When the puck is in play, the play rarely slows its pace! Then, there are the fantastic fights as well… Which are entertainment in themselves! Whether on international ice or on an NHL-sized rink; with a little bit of everything, and then a little bit more, hockey slips, slides and scores its way to second place!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
- Boxing
- Beach Volleyball
- Formula One
- Horse Racing
- Skiing

#1: Football

It’s the sport of many names, but in terms of its worldwide identity, there is no sport to match soccer! The game is played by millions, and watched by millions more! In Europe, it’s huge. In South America, it’s huge. In Africa, and Asia it’s growing. There are superstars on the field of play, in the managerial dug-outs, and in the TV studios. There are global competitions, controversial moments, and goals galore! World Cup excitement can border on hysteria, as the hopes of a nation are thrust onto eleven men. Simply put, there’s no sport like it!

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