Baseball Is America 's National Pastime

976 WordsNov 9, 20154 Pages
The argument over which sport is originally Americas national past time is as enduring and intense as American sports themselves. Each and every week millions of people tune in to watch their favorite sports being played. Over the years baseball has traditionally been known as the national pastime among all sports, but the rich tradition and history behind baseball is still around and noticed, with that being said, baseball is still referred to as America’s national pastime. This can be attributed to many factors including a superior television product, more controlled violence, and legalized gambling with fantasy football and baseball. Each and every week millions of Americans tune in to watch their favorite sports. Basketball, baseball, football, golf, soccer, and racing all have a place and a market with the sports fans in America. Over the past two decades, baseball has been left behind while football has become America’s new national pastime (Kendrick, Scott. "Baseball 's Origins -- An Illustrated History Of Baseball." Baseball.about.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2015. Page.2). According to Steve Rushin, a respected writer for Sports Illustrated, “to say football has displaced baseball as the national pastime is laughably inadequate, like saying that TV has edged quilting as a popular diversion” ("History: Birth of Pro Football." History: Birth of Pro Football. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015. Page.1). although baseball is still referred to as America’s national pastime,
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