I didn't realise how popular basketball was in countries like Egypt and Iran as well, which both have pretty big populations. In South Sudan which gained independence 2 years ago, it might be the no. 1 sport ahead of football I'm not sure.
Given how global basketball is, it seems ridiculous that only 12 teams compete at the Olympic tournament.
In México I would probably rank basketball in 4th place behind football, baseball and boxing. It has been growing in popularity recently. The NFL gets more coverage here than the NBA, but overall basketball is far more widely played and there is a decent league set-up in place, that attracts quite a few ex NBA players. Last year one team, Fuerza Regia in Monterrey, offered Shaquille O'Neal a ton money of play for them, but he eventually decided against it. The México NT surprisingly won the Americas Championship last month, when they only qualified after Panama were thrown out.
In Canada it's probably 5th behind hockey, football, American/Canadian football if you consider them together and baseball.
It is ahead of Curling, then?
In Norway it's basically non-existent, definitely not top-20, but that's us. We're not mainstream.
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