Sports play an important role in many people's lives. Sure there are some people who claim they hate sports in all its forms, but if they really took the time to watch and appreciate athletic competition at the highest level, it's difficult to dismiss.
It's estimated that the North American sports industry will be worth more than $74 million by 2020. Though Rugby isn't exactly one of the most popular sports in the U.S., it's gaining some serious traction and is already one of the most popular sports on a global scale.
There are eight cities across the United States that have all four major sports within their metropolitan area: New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Boston. But only one state is home to the most prestigious sporting event in history: the Kentucky Derby.
The North American sports industry is expected to rake in about $69.4 billion from ticket and merchandise sales, media rights, and sponsorship fees. The National Football League (NFL) plays a major role in those sales, as well. Though all 32 NFL franchises have loyal fan bases, the Carolina Panthers have been one of the most popular recently.