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Countries by Sports League Revenue

Name the countries whose professional sports leagues have the highest total revenue.
Estimated numbers based on this
Not including "amateur" sports leagues such as the NCAA
If a sports league has teams from multiple countries, we break it up as best as possible
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First submittedNovember 26, 2017
Last updatedNovember 26, 2017
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Billion $
Country
31.4
United States
7.05
United Kingdom
4.19
Germany
2.67
Spain
2.19
Italy
2.08
Japan
2.04
France
1.65
Canada
1.07
South Korea
Billion $
Country
0.958
Brazil
0.803
Russia
0.624
Australia
0.604
Mexico
0.536
Netherlands
0.459
India
0.389
China
0.338
Argentina
0.303
Belgium
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
Loved it
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level 56
Dec 11, 2017
Easy. With more than 2 minutes to go
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level 58
Mar 24, 2018
Missed Argentina and Belgium. Thought South Africa would be there - they're cricket and rugger mad!
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level 49
Apr 3, 2018
I really thought India would be WAY higher on the list-mostly due to the IPL, a multi-billion dollar industry. I mean, Virat Kohli, the second-most expensive player in the tournament is auctioned for about $2.6 million alone and TV networks pay billions for coverage rights. But anyway, fun quiz (mostly dominated by soccer-loving countries) :D
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level 60
Apr 3, 2018
$2.6 million isn't much. An average player is the second league of English football can go for much more than that.
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level 71
Apr 3, 2018
Yes but the IPL runs for 6-8 weeks in the year. Add in his earnings from other T20 competitions, representative matches and endorsements and Kohli would be right up there with the highest earners in any sport
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level 33
Apr 3, 2018
Multiple average NBA players make 20 mil/year lol
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level 75
Apr 4, 2018
The very top cricket players (kolhi, Smith, Root) earn about $4m a year, which is small by soccer or American sports standards, but it's getting bigger. If England adopted a proper 20/20 league like the IPL its appeal and reach would grow massively.
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level 45
Apr 3, 2018
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level 79
Apr 3, 2018
A little surprised to see China so low. I guess their massive spending to bring in foreign players to improve the Super League hasn't paid off yet.
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level 61
Apr 3, 2018
I checked the source and I'm curious as to how you split the F1 revenue.
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level 43
Apr 3, 2018
Missed Germany... So embarrassed...
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level 28
Apr 3, 2018
Missed South Korea and I am kicking myself cus one of my favorite players is from there
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level 65
Apr 3, 2018
Really just goes to show you how much sports can be an export (TV rights, merchandise rights, etc.). The USA exports its sports all over the globe better than anyone by far, apparently. I was surprised how many multiples it exceeded any other country. As a group, the top futbol/football leagues do quite well as well but I guess those countries don't have as many secondary sports to export like the USA does.
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level 63
Apr 9, 2018
It's internal revenue in the USA. Football is global.
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level 70
Apr 4, 2018
got them all with just guessing, even had 2 minutes left.
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level 8
Apr 4, 2018
Damnit, missed out on South Korea, Netherlands and Belgium
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level 45
Apr 4, 2018
Wow. China is below India in this list.
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level 23
Apr 7, 2018
UK should be 1st the Premier league is the most watched league in the world
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level 43
Apr 10, 2018
USA has the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL as well as MLS, WNBA and a few real small leagues. Each of those four top leagues would be the highest grossing in almost every other country.
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level 63
May 22, 2018
As I've said before, the American sports leagues generate enormous income within the USA itself, but none of them has a global presence.
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level 79
Jul 26, 2018
With the growing popularity in the USA of futbol aka soccer, the money available to attract top players and so many places for them to spend it, and the increasing number of purpose built stadiums (even little Louisville, KY is building a 10,000 seat expandable to 20,00 seat stadium) the rest of the world may soon have yet another reason to hate the USA. Sorry guys, maybe you shouldn't have bragged so much about how much better soccer is than any other sport. Also remember that even David Beckham is part owner of a team that will begin playing in Miami in 2020.
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level 72
Oct 5, 2019
Americans will never get that desperate to relieve boredom by watching soccer in large numbers.


Oh yeah, NASCAR....
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level 53
Mar 26, 2019
No South Africa?