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    3rd Biggest Sporting Event?

    I'm having an argument with a mate, he claims that the Rugby World Cup is the third biggest sporting event in the world.
    However I thought it couldn't come close to Wimbledon, British Open, and tour de france, and IAAF Athletic meet

    I'm wondering what you're all thinking on this topic
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    Big sporting events is all about perspective.

    The cyclic tournaments (Olympics, Football World Cup and so on) are IMO the big ones, but of the annual events, the Super Bowl must be up there - massive global tv coverage.
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    i reakon the Davis Cup finals are bigger than wimbledon
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    I think Wimbledon is the big one in tennis. I dont think rugby is widespread enough to rate as the third biggest sporting event in the world. there are a few dominant countries and the rest make up the numbers.
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    the big 1 in tennis is definately mario tennis for nintendo 64

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    Originally posted by Mr. Ponting
    the big 1 in tennis is definately mario tennis for nintendo 64
    my god, you are ****ed

    tour de france is certainly the 3rd biggest for mine.

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    The Tour de France is not a spectator sport though.
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    The FA Cup and ECL must be high up the annual list.

    Monaco Grand Prix anyone?

    And don't forget the World Conker championships!
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    Originally posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
    The Tour de France is not a spectator sport though.
    Try telling that to the hundreds of thousands of people who line the route each year.

    And what about Tyler Hamilton? Wow.
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    The line up at the start and the finish primarily. Several of the races take place on difficult courses which are almost impossible places at to spectate. Would you line up at the side of a mountain road to get a glimpse of a sweaty Lance Armstrong?

    The sport itself isn't spectated.

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    Originally posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
    The line up at the start and the finish primarily. Several of the races take place on difficult courses which are almost impossible places at to spectate. Would you line up at the side of a mountain road to get a glimpse of a sweaty Lance Armstrong?

    The sport itself isn't spectated.
    Answering the question - no, but many, many people do.

    There are huge masses who watch at the crunch points - the climbs, the sprints etc, but in the middle where for the most part its just the peleton going along there's not much viewing unless it goes through settlement in which case most of the town comes out to watch.

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    in a stage last week, (stage 8 i think) on the 13km stretch to the finish half a million people lined the roads. now that sounds like a spectator sport to me. In fact id be surprised if theres any sport in the world that can boast a crowd figure like that on 1 day.

    Marc, the monaco grand prix is something special, but it isnt what it used to be. it still has the glamour etc... abbout it, but the racing there isnt exciting enough. remember we are talking about the spectacle, id much rather watch the Silverstone grand prix from last weekend over this years Monaco grand prix.

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    I rate Formula One very high. It travels to all corners of the the globe, with drivers from all around the globe. The sponsorship deals are insane and yeah.

    Also the US Masters Golf Open must be up their. I heard somewhere you have go on a waiting list for a couple of years for tickets.
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    id rate the golf higher then the formula 1, nibblet

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