View Full Version : Team games dropped as people prefer to play alone

12-03-2004, 01:59 PM
Just as Europeans and Americans inhabit different universes, so do rich and poor Americans. The rich ones play more sport. Nearly 80 per cent of people earning more than $80,000 do some kind of exercise, according to polls by the Leisure Trends Group. But of black Americans - who are over-represented in professional sports - only 37 per cent play sport.

Each income bracket has its own sporting penchants. An NSGA survey this autumn revealed that people earning more than $100,000 a year are more than three times as likely as other Americans to buy elliptical cross trainers (a species of exercise machine) and golf clubs. Golf, various reports show, remains most popular among rich easterners despite its purported democratisation. In fact the sport seems to have ceased trickling down. Fewer new courses are opening in the US, and fewer rounds are being played.

Poorer Americans have their own favourite sports. Those earning $25,000 to $34,999 are twice as likely as the rest to buy billiard or pool cues. People making between $15,000 and $24,999 prefer guns: air rifles, pistols and shotguns. The very poorest Americans don't buy much of anything.