Attendance is one of the most important tools to measure popularity of sports league throughout the world. It is one of the most important revenue streams for major sports leagues in the world. The number of people attending a match or series of matches have a substantially large impact on the overall bottom-line of the sports leagues’ business.

Attendance is generally key to ascertain the level of interest the sport or the league has in different parts within its geographical boundaries and in some cases even beyond. The allure of watching the game live and to be a part of it in person while soaking in the atmosphere is inescapable regardless of how much one might enjoy watching it in the comfort of their home with a big LED TV.

The average attendance number for a sports league fairly illustrates the accurate extent of the popularity for the sport and the league. While there are other criterion to measure the popularity of these leagues such as television viewership, average revenue, global base and audience, social media presence, TV rights deals and such and there is always a debate among sports enthusiasts regarding the different criterion to factor in, average attendance always is at the top or near top of that list. Following is the list for the most popular sports leagues in the world.

10) Nippon Professional Baseball – Average attendance of 28,200

Other than the United States of America, Japanese is the probably the second most popular country for baseball and the Nippon Professional Baseball is the most popular league in their country. It was founded in 1950 and a total of 12 teams participate in the competition. Consisting of 2 leagues, the central leagues and the Pacific league, which both contain 6 teams each, compete among themselves to be crowned as the champions.

At the end of the season, the winning teams in each of the leagues compete in the Japan series. Approximately, 28200 fans on an average attend a single match of the Nippon Professional Baseball league.