NATE'S TOP 5 MAJOR SPORTS
The Nate's Take top five professional sports ranking is based on facts and stats. Nate looks at the overall popularity of the sport in it's ratings when he determines it's place in line. You'll often hear him refer back to the top five professional sports ranking on various segments through out the show.
Dana White has done tremendous things with the UFC and contrary to popular belief, the UFC isn’t new. In fact, it’s been around since the 90’s but they’ve seen a massive surge in popularity most notably from 2005-onward. In 2011, they signed a seven year broadcast deal with Fox which has proved to be massively successful. Stars such as Connor McGregor and Rhonda Rousey have taken the world by storm and as the sport continues to see growth and high ratings it’s certainly a threat to climb to the number four spot. The Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz fight which took place a few weeks ago has been dubbed one of the most entertaining fights to ever have been recorded and many wonder if they’ll be a third fight and if there is, it could be the fight that pushes the UFC to the next level.
The NHL sits in an unstable positon at the number four spot. The league has been slipping in popularity for quite some time. Its flagship event, the NHL Winter Classic continues to struggle with ratings; however, the NHL all-star game last season did see a surge in ratings with the controversial addition of John Scott—which in the end, ended up being a feel good story for the league.
Gary Bettman has been in hot water recently as he’s publicly come out and said that he doesn’t believe that there’s a link to CTE in hitting or fighting in hockey—in reality, Bettman is trying to preserve the game in it’s current state as long as he can because he knows—like we know—that the game is in fact slipping. To lose fighting would be a devastating blow to a league that’s only being shown on one major television network.
Major League Baseball comes in at number three and similar to hockey, MLB continues to slide as the UFC continues to push forward. Rob Manfred continues to try to speed up his game but with every new rule change comes one that continues to lengthen it. For example; Manfred creates a rule to keep players from leaving the batter box during an at bat but then implements instant replay. Replays take time and it creates a wash.
Manfred’s next goal is to shorten the season. Ultimately, he would love for the playoffs to be in August when there’s no competition from the NHL or the NFL; however, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. For now, he’s negotiated a season that’s 6 to 8 games shorter. For him, that’s a win and it sets up a future with the potential for more wins.
The addition of Kevin Durant to Golden State was the turning point for the NBA. LeBron to Miami gave the NBA the villain they needed and in his time there ratings had never been higher. People tuned in to watch LeBron lose. When he went back to Cleveland the NBA lost that excitement.
On July 4th this year—they got it back. Durants move will help the NBA thrive because nobody likes a super power and that’s exactly what Golden State now is. Durant left a team that was up 3-1 in the Western Finals to join the enemy. Welcome the new villain to the NBA and the guy that has helped elevate the professional basketball ahead of professional baseball in the Nate’s Take top five.
The NFL is un-officially America’s Sport. With villians like Tom Brady and Roger Goodell how could you not tune in each and every week? The NFL is the perfect male soap and even better? There’s only sixteen games in a season.
Roger Goodell has helped make the NFL a billion dollar industry. Games are shown across five major TV networks each week and this season Roger Goodell just signed a new TV agreement which will bring us more Thursday football. NBC and CBS will carry most games on Thursday night this season.
With no end to their dominance in sight—pro football looks poised to hold the top spot for quite some time.
And that is the Nate’s Take top five in professional sports!