Data Point: Over 50% Are Watching Sports Online

While there’s no denying the appeal and popularity of watching a big sports game live on a large TV screen, online now forms a key part of the sports viewing experience for many sports fans.

With a huge range of complimentary sports collateral available online, including news, video and live updates, there’s now over 50 percent of internet users globally who report watching sports coverage or highlights online. According to data from Global Web Index, across demographics, there are some expected peaks: 25-34s are the biggest online sports viewers (60 percent), while men (64 percent) have a substantial lead over women (40 percent).

PCs/laptops remain a natural go-to here, thanks to their larger screens and greater picture clarity, but mobiles continue to rise in importance. There are now almost as many internet users watching sports coverage on their mobiles as there as on their PCs/laptops. And with mobiles facilitating on-the-go sports updates, they are set to become even more important here.

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