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

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 the final matchup, we have football and basketball. Football is the most popular sport in the country, with its hard hits and thrilling acrobatics. Basketball has quickly become a much-beloved street and professional sport. What is your favorite pastime? 🏈⚾

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What is America's favorite pastime: Football or basketball?
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#ILoveFootball
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What is America's favorite pastime: Football or basketball?
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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. Let's find out what's America's favorite sport!

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Football has been the called king of sports in the United States and its closest competitor is not even close. According to the latest Gallup Poll, 37 percent of adults say football is their favorite sport. And there's plenty for people to fall in love with. The brutality of the hits, the incredible catches, and eye-popping athleticism are just some of the game's appeal. Maybe best of all, is the perception that everyone has a legitimate shot to win every week. Here is David Webber at Bleacher Report with more:

Parity is a beautiful thing. It's the process in which certain factors combine to ensure that every team will be at least reasonably competitive for random periods of time.
But in football, parity is alive and present every year. Football is the ultimate game of inches, meaning that the smallest bounce could be the difference between a win and a loss.
#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.
FINAL RESULTS
Sports
What is America's favorite pastime: Football or basketball?
A festive crown for the winner
#ILoveFootball
#ILoveBasketball