No one would doubt that soccer (properly, football) is the world’s most global sport. All you need to play is a ball and a flat space. After soccer, what are the most global sports? The ones that have the most appeal and the most even amounts of talent around the world?
American Football – Almost all the top players are American.
Hockey – Limited to cold countries.
Cricket/Rugby – Almost exclusively the domain of former British colonies.
Baseball – Europe, Africa, and most of Asia still haven’t caught on.
NASCAR – Please.
Which leaves basketball, whose world championships are being played right now in Japan. The championship features 24 teams from every continent, and while USA is the dominant favorite, there are plenty of contenders including Argentina, Germany, and Spain. Plus, a number of international players star in the NBA and the first draft pick was an Italian.