What is America's favorite pastime: Lacrosse or basketball?
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What is America's favorite pastime: Lacrosse or basketball?

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Sports have been ingrained in American culture since before colonial times. Since then, a number of sports have captured the hearts of many Americans, but The Tylt wants to know what you think is America's pastime. In this matchup, we have basketball and lacrosse. Basketball has quickly become a much-beloved street and professional sport. Lacrosse is semi-regional, but the fans are some of the most loyal in the country. What is your favorite pastime? 🏀

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#ILoveLacrosse
6.7%
#ILoveBasketball
93.3%

Sports has been an unequaled source of joy and entertainment for Americans since the first colonists arrived from Europe. As the country has gotten older, our love for sports has only become stronger. Everyone has their favorites, but we at The Tylt want to know your most beloved sport. Don't forget vote on the other America's pastime debate in the embed below!

Widely regarded as a sport for rich white people, lacrosse is actually the fastest growing sport in America. Fans are falling in love with its fast pace, hard hits and exciting goals. Participation rates have increased by 25 percent since 2012, while football continues to decline and baseball participation is only up two percent over the last five years. Here is Adam Epstein at Quartz with more:

Lacrosse has in recent years tried to shed its reputation as a sport for affluent white people. It has a lot more work to do, but it’s made some progress: Groups like Harlem Lacrosse have helped bring the sport to low-income areas throughout the US, and in 2016, Hampton University became the first historically black college in 30 years to field an NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse team.

Basketball may have gone global, but it remains one of the best sports in the United States. While football deals with head trauma and baseball struggles to generate interest with anyone under the age of 50, basketball is entertaining crowds with marvelous athletic feats and relatively safe play. And fans have been coming in droves.

According to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of The Guardian, the 2017 NBA Finals drew an average of 20.4 million viewers, comparable to average Sunday Night Football viewership for the NFL. Here is Sam Zacher from the Chicago Maroon with why basketball is the best sport:

Basketball is an extremely complex game physically, which allows players with all sorts of abilities to flourish. This is part of what gives basketball the most diverse scale of any sport. Also, it’s plain easy for anyone to play, either alone or with anyone else, without requiring much of a financial contribution.
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