The sports sector in Europe is extremely organized with professional sports leagues for the majority of of the games which are played here. Football, amongst all of the other sports that are played, can be considered among the most popular sports played in Europe. The European football clubs are considered for being the best paid teams round the word owing to their strong standing in the game. This game almost has achieved a cult status amongst its followers.
The European club championship is known as the UEFA Championship league and it is probably the most esteemed tournaments amongst football clubs across the continent. Apart from taking part in this tournament, national football clubs across Europe also take part in the UEFA European Football Championships which is regarded as being the principal national championship for men?s football. Europe has also dominated the FIFA World Cup and is viewed as worthy adversaries by their Latin American competitors.
The European Premier League, Spanish La Liga, the Italian Seire A, Russian Premier League, the French Ligue1 and the German Bundesliga are some of the most prominent football leagues in Europe.
Amongst Mediterranean region, Basketball and Volleyball are sports of popular choice being played in countries such as Serbia, Croatia, Russia, Greece, Italy and Spain. Another sport which is very popular in Europe is road bicycle racing. This sport finds its followers in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain Switzerland and many more countries.
Ice Hockey is popular mostly in East European countries and Scandinavia.
Cricket and Rugby as sports have retained and gained prominence primarily in Great Britain and also the British Isles, Italy and France respectively. Cricket, which was once the summer sport of the English, continues to be successfully imported to many regions of the world, especially to regions that fell within the British Empire and developed hence. Though rugby is not as popular a sport in Great Britan anymore, it does carry a small following of rugby enthusiasts in Britain.
A few of the major sports news providers in Europe are ESPN, BBC Sport and Sky Sports. ESPN credits itself on being ?the worldwide leader in sports? and have a huge network that spans the world. From covering the action in the football Premier League games to championships in tennis, hockey, motorsports, rugby, and several popular sports, ESPN broadcasts live sporting events from across Europe. ESPN Classic in Europe covers the FA Cup, European Cup, League Finals Cup along with some other games from England
Sky Sports gave tough competition to BBC Sport since its inception. They have played a huge role in the commercialization of British Sports. They too focus considerably on football but have also concentrated on motorsports and golf, having taken the broadcasting rights of the A1 Grand Prix and the PGA tour golf.