Except for salary and total attendance, the NFL appears to have far higher figures than the NBA. Examine it out. The NBA will receive $1.65 billion. The NFL will receive $9.3 billion.
Basketball is not as popular in the United States as football. According to ESPN, the NBA is a more popular sport in Europe than the NFL.
In fact, according to many sources, basketball is actually the most popular sport in Europe. That's probably why the NBA has offices in London and Madrid; they're trying to grow their audience there.
Meanwhile, the NFL has never really taken off in Europe. In fact, according to someone who works at an NFL team: "The only people that watch football over here are Americans."
But things are changing. More and more Europeans are tuning in to see how American athletes perform on foreign soil. In addition, many European countries don't have a major league baseball team, so the NFL is seen as the best option for fans. For example, in Germany, 90% of people say they will always support the German Football League (GBM). The other 10% must be Americans!
The NFL produced $14 billion in total income last season, which was more than $900 million higher than the previous season and a $6 billion gain over 2010. The NBA, on the other hand, produced $7.4 billion in income last season, a 25 percent increase over the previous year's total of $5.94 billion.
Both leagues have lucrative television contracts with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network, and TNT. The NFL has a TV contract through 2024, while the NBA has one through 2033. In addition, both leagues make money off of merchandise sales, sponsorship fees, casino revenue, and local team sales.
The NFL has been able to dominate this year's basketball arena because of its popularity around the world. There are weekly games between NFL teams, which allows for fans to follow their favorite players. The NBA, on the other hand, has only 32 teams, so there aren't as many memorable moments as there are in the NFL. However, since each team plays only six games per season, it doesn't take long for fans to find out who their favorite player is.
In conclusion, the NBA makes more money because there are more teams involved. This ensures that every fan can find a team they like. Also, since there are fewer games per season, each game matters more. Finally, the NFL is more popular worldwide so it attracts more viewers which causes them to buy more products.
Yes, the NBA drew 5 million more fans than the NFL, but not quite as many as one might expect given the large differential in the number of games each league plays each season. Here's how it works: The NFL features 32 clubs, each of which plays 16 games every season, for a total of 256 games per season. The NBA has 30 teams, each of which plays 82 games every season, for a total of 2,688 games per season.
The difference is that while the NFL has its seasons cut short by two weeks due to labor disputes, the NBA continues year-round thanks to the salary cap. This allows teams to sign and keep high-quality players at a minimum, which helps explain why most all-time greats play for only one team their entire careers.
In addition, the NFL is also limited to four hours of game time because of television ratings, while the NBA can go for five-plus hours if it wants to. The longest game in NFL history lasted six hours and 57 minutes before being decided by a field goal as time expired (the Lakers vs. Celtics game on November 3, 1960). The longest NBA game went for seven hours before being concluded with 4 seconds left on the clock (Lakers vs. Celtics again - this time in Boston on March 13, 2001).
Finally, the NFL is considered by many to be the better football game because it's faster and more aggressive.