This weekend it’s Superbowl time, one of the most viewed sporting events in the World. In this article we feature this and four other massive sporting events that attract millions of viewers globally.
It’s true that you only get to see an average of 11-minutes of action in the three hours you spend actually watching it, but that still doesn’t stop The Superbowl being one of the most heavily bet sporting events in the world.
American Football has always had an amazing sports betting following and The Superbowl is the piece de resistance – the football news this week is full of updates on a daily basis. The 2014 final between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks have created over 50 different markets on Unibet and the Broncos are the current favourites at 1.80.
Super Bowl XLVI, in 2012, was the most watched “big game” in the history of the NFL. The match, which pitted the NY Giants against the New England Patriots, drew around 111.5 million viewers. When you consider how (relatively) few people outside of North America care about American football, that’s a proportionally huge number of folks tuning in to watch the Pats lose.
Superbowl XLVIII will take place on 2 February 2014 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where 82,500 will squeeze inside to watch all of the action. Those that cannot make the trip will make up the 100 million television viewers that will be watching the game in America alone. Incredibly, betting on American Football is banned in most of the United States. Meaning most of the betting money comes from other parts of the globe. New Jersey is an amazingly interesting place to visit, especially if you like to do a little gambling when traveling. It’s the home of the world famous Atlantic City, the home of some of the most famous casinos in the world, and it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from the Big Apple New York.
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Monaco Grand Prix
Held annually since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is considered by most auto racing enthusiasts to be the premier event of the racing season. The race garners an average viewership of around 25 million people each year, with the numbers growing as auto racing becomes ever more popular. That said, the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix actually had one of the worst turnouts as far as viewership is concerned, largely because an omnipresent chance of rain threatened to interrupt the race at any time.
ICC Cricket World Cup Championship
In 2011, a different World Cup – the ICC Cricket World Cup championship – gave soccer a run for its money. The most watched match, interestingly enough, was not the final game, but rather the semi-final match between bitter rivals India and Pakistan played on March 30. The game might have been watched by as many as a billion people, but was surely seen by at least several hundred million simultaneous viewers.
The Olympics may draw more overall viewers during their multi-day run than any single sporting event, but it’s not a sport itself that attracts the biggest Olympic audience. The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 is estimated to have drawn nearly 600 million pairs of eyeballs at any given moment, making it a close match for the 2010 World Cup final match.
FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup is the quadrennial soccer championship held every four years since 1930 (with two exceptions as a result of that whole WWII thing). The Cup’s final game is the single most viewed sporting event on earth. The 2010 match between Spain and The Netherlands was watched by an estimated 700 million people!!!!