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It’s Official: World Football is More Exciting than American Football


It took the boffins at the Los Alamos National Laboratory a study of 300,000 sporting events to tell the world – well, Americans – what most of us already know. That football – you know, the game you play with your foot – is the most exciting sport in the world. At least, if you measure excitement by unpredictability, it is: analyzing the U.S. national hockey, football, baseball and basketball leagues along with the top English football league, the LANL concluded that the “underdog” won 45% of the time in English football, compared with just 36% of the time in the American National Football League.

Those who are tempted to reply, “Try telling that to a Chelsea fan” might be interested to hear that the trend is currently reversing. (The study looked back over a solid century of sports results to reach its conclusion.) That could be because American football – you know, the game you play with your hands – introduced salary caps many years ago while the English Premier League is currently up for the highest bidder. If you want to study the figures for yourself, you’d better be a mathematician: they’re not easy to read.

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