Depending on which state you are living or visiting in the US, the most popular sport among the population will differ. However, a recent study completed in 2020 shows that American Football is the most popular sport in 19 of the 50 states, with the NFL dominating. However, that is not the case in Tennessee and the most popular sport as voted in the study done by Myprotein is College Football.
The Tennessee Volunteers are the biggest college football team in Tennessee. They represent the University of Tennessee and participate in the Southeastern Conference as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. If you need convincing as to exactly how popular the Tennessee Volunteers are in the state, you need just one glance at their stadium and fans on a game to understand. The Neyland Stadium has a capacity of over 100,000 people and is an awesome sight when it is full of fans dressed in orange and white on a game day. Neyland Stadium is the fifth largest stadium in the United States and the seventh largest stadium in the world.
The average attendance for Tennessee Volunteers games at the Neyland Stadium since 1946 is 68,925 fans per game. You must only go back to September 2004 to find the record attendance at the venue for a Tennessee Volunteers game and that was 109,061 when Tennessee defeated Florida. So, based on the incredible attendance figures alone, it is easy to conclude that College Football is one of the most popular sports in Tennessee.
The good news is that it is now possible to have a wager on the Tennessee Volunteers throughout the football season. There are many fantastic online sportsbooks operating in the state, including William Hill, with the app available to download in Tennessee. William Hill is one of the biggest names in sports betting across the globe and you will find a huge range of sports and betting markets available on a daily basis, including football, basketball, and ice hockey.
Interestingly, ice hockey is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in Tennessee. The Nashville Predators are one the favorite teams to follow among Tennessee’s professional sports franchises. A survey conducted by the Middle Tennessee State University in 2017 showed the Predators enjoyed a significant chunk of the fanbase. However, it is worth noting the Predators had a successful 2016/17 season, during which they reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their history, so that achievement may have skewed the figures somewhat.
Another of the most popular sports in Tennessee is basketball and the Memphis Grizzlies represent the state in the National Basketball Association. During the course of a NBA season, over 600,000 fans will attend games at the FedExForum and in 2018/19, the average attendance per game was 15,578. Clearly this figure only shows the number of people inside the venue and they are thousands of basketball fans in Tennessee who are watching games in bars and homes.
In addition to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Tennessee Volunteers men’s basketball are extremely popular and soccer has also started to gain a good fanbase, thanks to the introduction of Nashville SC. The team play in Major League Soccer at the Nissan Stadium, having been founded in 2017.
Tim Tebow signs for Jacksonville to get back into NFL
Tim Tebow is now finally back to the NFL, an announcement that was made on 20th May 2021 after signing up with Jacksonville Jaguars. According to Ian Rapoport, an NFL Network Insider, Tim signed a $920,000 contract for one year. However, the contract does not guarantee any money.
The last time that Tebow played a regular-season game was 2012 and the terms of the contract are no surprise to those who understand the NFL. He is now getting a chance to revive his football career under the stewardship of his former college coach Urban Meyer.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2021
Jacksonville did not have a good season in 2020 and recorded the league’s worst record. General manager Trent Baalke and Meyer have since then embarked on a journey to recreate the club, and the signing of Tebow comes at the perfect moment.
The fact that the veteran has been signed for the least amount of money that one can make in the NFL seems like a good catch for Jacksonville. He comes back to the NFL after working as a broadcaster and playing minor league baseball with the Mets organization.
Jacksonville Jaguars announced the signing of Tebow on 20th April and included a snapshot of the athlete’s statement on the deal.
We have signed TE Tim Tebow. pic.twitter.com/xAsfcZP1sG
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) May 20, 2021
Fans are hungry to get Tim’s items
Tebow seems to be quite popular with NFL fans as his items were among the top five selling on NFLShop.com barely 24 hours after signing the new deal. The athlete wore jersey No. 15 when he was playing for Florida back in the days. The Jaguars have given him No. 85 (but that could change)
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2021
One day after Tim Tebow signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the former Heisman Trophy winners merchandise is dominating the NFL. https://t.co/PkjbWLCL5Y
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 22, 2021
Many sports commentators have since reacted to Tebow’s return to NFL
It has been long since Tebow played football in a regular season, and his comeback has interested loads of commentators and experts in the field. Messages of good luck and light moments have since then dominated various social media platforms.
Breaking: Tim Tebow signed his contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars this morning, a source told @AdamSchefter.
He will be on the field today for the team’s off-season program as he sets out to compete for a roster spot at tight end. pic.twitter.com/w56dVXsJGu
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 20, 2021
Bold take on Tebow 👀
— Andrew Gibson (@1010XLAG) May 21, 2021
Tim Tebow says he is wearing #85 to “honor” his former friend/teammate Aaron Hernandez, who passed away in 2017 following an intense battle with CTE.
Respect ✊ pic.twitter.com/mSQ5BLmtjx
— Barry McCockiner (@UltraWeedHater) May 20, 2021
Is there a Tebow effect?
The availability of various betting options on NFL, as shown by this Heritage Review, is not something we can ignore. What should we expect on the odds of the Jaguars based on the recent developments?
even though the team lost 15 straight games last season, odds for the Jaguars are now rising as evidenced on various sportsbooks. Meyer being at the helm is one reason, but the merchandise sales indicate that Tebow is also contributing to the redeem hopes in the Jaguars.
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