Football and basketball are beloved across America. Regardless of the state you reside in or your level of interest in the sport, there is something about these popular sports that speaks to the heart of every American. Some love to watch it, plenty love to play it and many love to bet on it, now made even better with many sites offering NCAAB consensus picks or college football tips.
The NFL and NBA are known as two of the greatest leagues in the world of sport and it is gaining huge popularity with sports fans and bettors across the globe. However, there is also a growing interest and enjoyment in college sports and many people are starting to follow their local team. Let’s take a look at why they’re growing in popularity.
Firstly, there is the pride that personal involvement brings. Many people know members of college teams, and are often even related to the players. This level of personal involvement lends itself to a sense of pride and means that people are keen to go out and root for the team.
Additionally, with there seeming to be corruption in every corner of professional sport, college lends itself to a more fair and purer version of the game. Whilst the competition is still fierce and the gameplay impressive, there are fewer avenues of corruption to be exploited.
Together with there being a personal aspect to college sports that many enjoy, so is there a social aspect that encourages fans to attend games. Given that the teams are made up of locals and those connected to the community of fans, game days give the community a chance to socialise and to enjoy the excitement of the game long after the final whistle has been blown. Sport has long since had the power to unite people, and this is never more true than in the case of college football or basketball. The sports bring people together and gives the wider community the chance to support each other and the team.
Lastly, the quality of play in college sports is getting increasingly higher. Whilst many may expect the games to be less entertaining than those available in the NFL or the NBA, the rawness of the talent on show and the players’ desire to impress and to win for the team they feel an emotional and personal attachment to makes for games that rival the excitement of the professional games. Many games have been taken down to the wire and with college teams often having players who are around the same stage in their development as each other, the competitive nature of the games is always thrilling. Players are always looking to impress, too, whether they are playing for the praise of their family, to get into the coach’s good books, or in the hope that there is a scout watching, the players on college teams always give it their all when they are on the pitch.
All in all, college sports are, at times, more thrilling and more emotional than its professional counterpart, and it is easy to see why it is growing in popularity at the moment.