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What is America's favorite pastime: Basketball or soccer?
A festive crown for the winner
#ILoveBasketball
#ILoveSoccer

Sports have been ingrained in the U.S. culture since colonial times in the 17th century. 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 soccer. Basketball has quickly become a much-beloved street and professional sport. But soccer gets a lot of love from kids and there is no denying its international appeal. What is your favorite pastime? 🏀⚽

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What is America's favorite pastime: Basketball or soccer?
#ILoveBasketball
#ILoveSoccer

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. Click on the bracket below to vote!

#ILoveBasketball

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.
#ILoveSoccer

Soccer is the world's game, and it is extremely popular in the United States too. The popularity of soccer is trending upward, moving from four percent in 2013 to seven percent in 2017. But the major indication that soccer is here to stay is its place among 18- to 34-year-olds. 11 percent of adults in that age range say soccer is their favorite sport, tied for second with basketball according to the latest Gallup Poll. It's not hard to see why. Here is Brian Henninger at Dynasty Sports and Framing with more:

Playing soccer well is an art. Watching players control the ball with grace, style, and panache is part of soccer’s appeal. Passing, shooting for a goal, keeping the ball moving on the grass and in the air, weaving between opponents, and avoiding tackles all demand real skill. Being able to plot a path from one end of the field, knowing who to pass to, and spotting the best opportunity to shoot – it’s incredibly exciting watching players do all this for 90 minutes at a time. Technique and style can inspire spectators to try their own abilities with a ball, and potentially breed stars of the future.
FINAL RESULTS
Sports
What is America's favorite pastime: Basketball or soccer?
A festive crown for the winner
#ILoveBasketball
#ILoveSoccer