ATP at #10 on Most Hated Spectator Sports
1. Dog fighting
2. Professional wrestling
4. Professional boxing
5. PGA Tour
6. PGA Seniors
7. LPGA Tour
9. Major League Soccer
10. ATP Men's Tennis
We really don't like dog fighting. Fully 81 percent of those polled said they hate it. Some hate pro wrestling so much, they argue it isn't even a sport. Weirdly, those who like it cite the same reasons for their enjoyment as the more than 50 percent who hate it cite for their dislike: It's farcical and trashy. Lest you think you're the only one who cringes when you see the antics of Mike Tyson and Don King, you're not. Almost one-third of the public is cringing along with you, making pro boxing the fourth most hated spectator sport. Sensing a theme here? The violence associated with the first four sports is why so many people--especially women--hate them, notes AP.
But why do we hate golf, NASCAR, soccer, and tennis? It's a class thing. Golf is perceived as something for upper class whites, although Tiger Woods has done wonders to make the sport more appealing for people of color. Meanwhile, the poll indicates that NASCAR is viewed as a sport for Southern, blue collar, white men. Major league soccer is just too foreign, and men's tennis lacks star appeal and big rivalries.
So you must think the professional sports we love to watch the most are football, baseball, and basketball? You'd be right if you only chose football. No. 11 on this list of most hated sports is the National Basketball Association. And No. 12 is Major League Baseball.
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