The sports sector in Europe is highly organized with professional sports leagues for the majority of of the games which are played here. Football, amongst all the other sports that are played, can be viewed as as one of the preferred sports played in Europe. The European football clubs are considered to be the highest paid teams around the word owing to their strong standing in the overall 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 throughout the continent. Apart from participating in this tournament, national football clubs across Europe also take part in the UEFA European Football Championships which is regarded as being the primary national championship for men?s football. Europe has also dominated the FIFA World Cup and it 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 the UK and the British Isles, Italy and France respectively. Cricket, which was once the summer 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 Britain.
Some 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 globe. From covering the action from the football Premier League games to championships in tennis, hockey, motorsports, rugby, and many popular sports, ESPN broadcasts live sporting events from across Europe. ESPN Classic in Europe covers the FA Cup, European Cup, League Finals Cup as well as 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 also 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 available across Europe in 59 countries in 20 languages making it perhaps 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 in addition 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 also the World Snooker Championships. In addition they cover the Olympics.