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SBD Global/January 7, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Germany's Bundesliga Has The Second-Highest Attendance Of Any Pro Sports League

Sportingintelligence.com revealed that the German Bundesliga was only topped by the NFL as the best-attended professional sports league in the world. The NFL has increased its attendance levels from an average of 67,394 fans per regular season game in '11 to 67,591 in '12. The Bundesliga’s top division keeps the No. 2 spot thanks to a new seasonal record of 45,116 fans per game in '11-12, up from 42,673 the season before. The English Premier League has leapfrogged the Australian Football League into third place. Both those leagues saw season-on-season declines, but the decline was sharper in the AFL. The top 10 leagues are shown below, as are the two biggest indoor leagues, the NBA and NHL. The NHL overtook the NBA. The MLB attracted more fans in total per season than any pro league in the world (almost 75 million in '12), but fewer on average per game than the NFL (Sporting Intelligence).

Top Sports League Attendances: By Average crowd, Most-Recent Season
Outdoor
Rank Sport League Season
Average
Total
1. American Football
NFL
'12-13
'11-12
67,591
67,394
17,303,347
17,252,949
2. Football
Bundesliga
'11-12
'10-11
45,116*
42,673
13,805,496
13,057,899
3. Football
EPL
'11-12
'10-11
34,602
35,190
13,149,095
13,372,318
4. Aussie Rules Football
AFL
'12
'11
32,748
36,428
6,778,824
7,139,854
5. Baseball
MLB
'12
'11
30,895
30,366
74,859,268
73,425,568
6. Football
La Liga
'11-12
'10-11
28,462
29,128
10,815,670
11,039,808
7. Canadian Football
CFL
'11
'10
27,882
27,192
1,979,639
1,957,851
8. Baseball
NPB (Japan)
'11
'10
24,965
25,626
21,569,760
22,141,003
9. Football
Serie A
'11-12
'10-11
22,493
24,031
8,547,308
9,131,780
10. Cricket
IPL
'10-12
'09
Figures too unreliable to continue
23,763 (max)

1,402,000 (max)
Indoor
1. Hockey
NHL
'11-12
'10-11
17,455
17,126
21,470,155
20,928,036
2. Basketball
NBA
'11-12
'10-11
17,274
17,319
17,100,861**
21,302,370
* Highest average ever in that league.
** Season and number of games curtailed by strike
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