The world of professional sports is a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape. Two of the most prominent leagues in this sphere are the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB). But which one is bigger? Let's delve into a comparative analysis to find out.
Popularity and Viewership
Historically, baseball has been considered America's national sport. However, in recent decades, American football, represented by the NFL, has taken the lead in terms of broadcast viewership audience. The NFL boasts the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league globally.
In contrast, MLB, despite having a larger total attendance due to more games played, averages 29,905 people per game. Furthermore, the NFL continues to dominate in terms of viewership. For instance, a regular NFL season game on FOX attracted 5.5 million viewers, while the highest viewed MLB game drew 6.8 million viewers.
Salaries and Team Worth
While the NFL leads in popularity and revenue, MLB has an edge when it comes to player salaries. Due to fewer players in MLB (750) compared to NFL (1,696), each MLB player gets a larger slice of the revenue pie. The average salary for an MLB player is $5.045 million, while an NFL player earns an average of $4.717 million.
In terms of team worth, the NFL again takes the lead. The average NFL team is worth $2.388 billion, a significant increase over the previous year. In contrast, the average MLB team is worth $1.645 billion.