Originally Posted by 6bear6
I'm no fan, but what about soccer? An ever enlarging Latino population in the US, coupled with many immigrants from Europe and Asia. It could be the wave of the future.
The popularity of soccer is increasing steadily. While it won't ever catch up with many (most) fans over 40, interest has been rising steadily. European soccer (especially English) has blown up as a global spectator sport, N. America included. the MLS is now #3 in attendance, having passed the NBA.
The NFL might have peaked, but it's probably going to stay at that high plateau. There are a number of exciting players like Rodgers and Brees, who are among the all-time best and the playoffs have been exciting.
Baseball on the other hand is in a very slow yet steady decline. The game was a bit more popular 10-20 years ago, and more popular in the decades before that. Its decline is not so steep as to be noticed year to year but it's slowly eroding because youth participation rates have been declining and it inherently is a slower sport.