The sports sector in Europe is highly organized with professional sports leagues for most of the games that are played here. Football, amongst all of the other sports which are played, can be considered among the most popular sports played in Europe. The European football clubs are considered for being the highest paid teams round the word because of their strong standing in the overall game. This game almost has achieved a cult status amongst its followers.
The European club championship is called the UEFA Championship league and is one of the most esteemed tournaments amongst football clubs across the continent. Apart from taking part in this tournament, national football clubs across Europe also participate in the UEFA European Football Championships which can be regarded as being the primary national championship for men?s football. Europe also has 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 the most prominent football leagues in Europe.
Amongst Mediterranean region, Basketball and Volleyball are sports of popular choice being played in countries like Serbia, Croatia, Russia, Greece, Italy and Spain. Another sport that is very popular in Europe is road bicycle racing. This sport finds its followers in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain Switzerland and many other 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 the British Isles, Italy and France respectively. Cricket, which used to be the summertime sport of the English, has been successfully imported to most 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 have a small following of rugby enthusiasts in Great Britan.
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 from the football Premier League games to championships in tennis, hockey, motorsports, rugby, and many popular sports, ESPN broadcasts live sports 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 lots of competition to BBC Sport since its inception. They have played a crucial role in the commercialization of British Sports. They too focus considerably on football but in addition have focused on motorsports and golf, having taken the broadcasting rights of the A1 Grand Prix and also the PGA tour golf.
Eurosport sports channel is accessible across Europe in 59 countries in 20 languages making it probably the most popular sports news channel in Europe. Not only do they broadcast events such as the UEFA Champions League and UEFA cup in football but also air the prestigious Le Tour de France and other road racing events. In addition they also cover tennis events such as the French Open and the World Snooker Championships. They also cover the Olympics.