The Most Wonderful Time of the Sports Year?
What is the best month for sports? Here is how I’d rank them, along with the major events happening during each month:
- September: NFL kickoff, MLB pennant races, NCAA football starts, US Open Finals (tennis)
- January: NFL playoffs, major college bowls, National Championship, NBA reg. season, NHL reg. season
- March: March Madness, MLB opening day, NCAA basketball championship week, NBA reg. season, NHL reg. season
- October: MLB playoffs/World Series, NFL reg. season, NBA begins, NHL begins
- April: Masters, NCAA championship, NBA playoffs begin, NHL playoffs begin, MLB reg. season, NBA Draft
- June: US Open (golf), NBA finals, NHL Stanley Cup, MLB reg. season, French Open finals
- December: NFL reg. season, NCAA football championships, NBA reg. season, NHL reg. season
- November: NFL reg. season, NCAA football championships, NBA reg. season, NHL reg. season
- February: Super Bowl, NBA reg. season, NHL reg. season
- May: NBA playoffs, NHL playoffs, MLB reg. season, NFL draft
- July: British Open, Wimbledon Finals, MLB reg. season
- August: PGA Championship, MLB reg. season
- I avoided sporting events that don’t take place on a yearly basis for two primary reason: it is hard to quantify the value of an event like the Olympics or World Cup which happen only ever fourth year; and these events do not always happen at the exact same time every year
- Every once in a while, some of these events will take place other than in the months listed (e.g., sometimes the NFL playoffs will hit the last week of December and sometimes all NCAA conference championships are wrapped up in November), but generally speaking, most of these events are pretty locked into the listed month
- The listing of events in a given month are more-or-less how I’d rank those in value
- I’ve only included men’s sporting events because that is all I really watch. I watch women’s sports in the Olympics but nothing on a regular basis
- You’ll notice no soccer on the list; I have gotten more into soccer recently but still primarily during the major international competitions (specifically the World Cup and UEFA Cup) which are not annual events
- Moving the Super Bowl from January to February had a profound effect on the rankings. January might have been #1 overall had it held on to the big game and February probably falls to last without it.
- The NCAA basketball finals (and sometimes entire Final Four) happening in April takes a bit of the luster away from March. I don’t know if that is always how its been or if that is a more recent invention. MLB’s opening day taking place in March gets some of that back but detracts from April; I’m pretty sure this is a recent invention.
- The tennis majors would have done me a big favor if they had happened all in one month. As it is, I focused on the finals since that is generally the only time I watch.
- Even the golf majors couldn’t rescue the summer months. I do love baseball, but the regular season feels too long, especially now that I have so much else on my plate.
Agree? Disagree? Got a sporting event you would have included?