In what has to be viewed as a crushing blow for the push to make poker more mainstream, a recent Turnkey Sports and Entertainment survey of 12,000 sporting fans revealed that the World Series of Poker is only the 11th most popular sports league in North America.
The WSOP ranked behind the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Boyz II Men, ABC, BBD, the East coast family, NASCAR, and the PGA Tour.
Said WSOP commish and
"We’re honored to keep company with the best sports brands in North America. Thanks to our players, sponsors, media partners, fans and staff, we’ve entered the mainstream in another new way."
The WSOP did outrank American sporting powerhouses like the National Hot Rod Association, Indy Racing League, PBA, Arena Football League, and the LPGA. Poker is more popular than chicks golfing…we’re almost to the mountain top, baby!