Of all the live events happening around the world, sports-based events make the most buzz. Sports fans around the world make it a point to let everybody know who they are supporting, sometimes launching viral trends that break the internet.
This year was no different. 2018 was lit with sports events dotted across the annual timeline, breaking past records and making way for our expectations to only increase in 2019. Meanwhile, here is an outlook of how sporty 2018 was.
Most Watched Sports in 2018
Looking at the sports industry from a birds eye view, here is the roundup of the most popular sports in terms of viewership.
Watching on TV vs Watching via Streaming
Most Popular Football Hashtags in 2018
Twitter remained a go-to platform for sports fans. The following were the most trended hashtags of the year.
Most Popular Sports Streaming Devices in the US in 2018
Ditch the TV remained a trend with people using all types of internet-connected devices to access their favorite content online.
Most Popular Athletes in 2018
The following athletes were the center of attention, partly due to their exceptional performance and partly due to their controversies.
Most Watched Sports Events of 2018
The FIFA World Cup surpassed all expectations and managed to bag half of the global population as viewers. Here are some of the most streamed sports events of the year.
What’s up next for Sports in 2019
It’s yet to be seen how the events will unfold and which duels will we fall in love with. But one thing is for sure. The entire video entertainment industry is gradually shifting towards streaming. It’s not surprising to see streaming sticks like Google’s Chrome Cast and Amazon’s FireTV continue to gain popularity.
In the coming year, the number of streamers will only grow as compared to those who are used to consuming live action on their traditional TV sets.
Bilal Khalid likes to channel his positivity to make the internet a safe place for humans. He spends his leisure time following his favorite sports and TV shows, loves tech, and tweets @bilalistein.