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What are the world's top sporting events?

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
#1
In the PTSD-inducing horror that is the Ladies Day thread, CAARPS wrote:

"It must break the hearts of some individuals that the mighty city of Liverpool continues to host one of the worlds top 10 sporting events. You can almost taste the jealousy."

I wondered what Arrsers considered to be the top five (or ten if you wish)and I offer a provisional list for the sake of argument:

1. The Olympics: 100 metres men's final
2. The football world cup final
3. The Ryder Cup
4. The Wimbledon men's final
5. The Superbowl
 
#6
I put 6 nations as its every year and I enjoy the games, pub banter etc. A few years ago I would agree with you on the Tour but I like to think its been cleaned up now, of course I could be proved wrong. You could agree you the mens 100 Mt is tarnished for the same reason.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
#7
I put 6 nations as its every year and I enjoy the games, pub banter etc. A few years ago I would agree with you on the Tour but I like to think its been cleaned up now, of course I could be proved wrong. You could agree you the mens 100 Mt is tarnished for the same reason.
The men's 100m is tarnished but not to the point where there is a block of years with no winner. I agree about the 6 Nations being enjoyable but does that make it a top five event give that the top teams in the sport aren't generally present?
 
#10
In rder for it to be top 5 in the world, it has to have world participation/audience. So that rules out Yank sports.
1) Olympics
2)Football world cup
3)Cricket world cup
4)Ryder Cup
5)Para Olympics

I would have 6 Nations, Ashes and The open in there but they don't get the world viewing figures.
 
#13
1. Tour de France
2. Rugby World Cup
3. The Ashes
4. Vendee Round-The-World
5. Wimbledon Men's Final
Credit for actually including sailing, but the America's Cup trumps the Vendee, even allowing for all the bloody legal rows! These new boats are awesome and if they can learn to control them the racing should be pretty special.
 
#16
The Premier League
The European Cup (OK Champions League :) )
The Football World Cup
The Rugby World Cup
The 6 Nations
The Heineken Cup
The Masters
The British Open
The Olympics
The Army v Navy
 
#17
1. The 100m 'You've just Disturbed a Burglar' Sprint.
2. The Saturday Night Kebab Shop Heavyweight Boxing Championship.
3. The 0200 hours Stolen Car Urban Rally and Banger Racing Heats.
4. Fencing - Epee (Truncheon versus Samurai Sword and Bladed Article)
5. The Ultimate Endurance Team Sport - The Riot and Violent Disorder (Inner City Division) League
 
#18
If it's based on spectator/viewing figures then you've got to include the yanks and their Indy 500, Super Bowl and world series Baseball.

But if you're talking prestige, then that's a different matter.
 

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