Why the Fall Season is the best time of year for Sports Fans
As we start the month of October and several days into the official start of the fall season, the sports calendar gets very busy with plenty of action to consume and the argument can be made this is the "Most Wonderful Time of the year" for sports fans.
During the Summer months, we do have Major League Baseball games every day, the WNBA has their regular season played during those months, and for the Soccer (Futbol) diehards, that is on TV too while every four years we get the Olympics. Many sports fans love the Spring because of the Men's College Basketball Tournament and NBA Playoffs plus the NFL Draft in April along with the start of the baseball season. In the Winter, we have the NFL Playoffs while the NBA and NHL Regular seasons are in full swing along with the heart of the College Basketball season.
But I am here to make the argument that the Fall season is the best for sports fans! Here is my list of reasons and you can decide if my points are valid:
1. Fall season is Football season!
The NFL is the most watched live event on linear and streaming TV every year while College Football games are some of the most highly attended events from year to year. The popularity of American Football is unparalleled in the United States and the regular season spans the entirety of every fall season. Whether you are a diehard fan or someone who plays fantasy football or you enjoy sports betting, the Fall season offers plenty of football each year.
2. The MLB Playoffs are here
We all know that Baseball is the longest regular season of all professional sports (162 games) and it's hard to ask fans in an age of short attention spans to stay tuned in every day from April to September. But the MLB Postseason is usually must-watch TV and even if your favorite team is not playing, the drama in each playoff series is something you cannot miss all of October.
3. The Start of the NBA and NHL seasons
There are just a few months between the end of the NBA and NHL Playoffs to the start of the next regular season for those sports. While many people are paying attention to the NFL regular and MLB Playoffs in October and November, the return of Basketball and Hockey is welcomed for many diehard fans of their favorite teams in those sports. Also, College Basketball returns in the fall and that is a big deal for sports fans as well.
4. There are sports going on EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK
Part of the reason why so many fans use the summer months to binge-watch shows and catch up on movies is because we know what the fall brings - There are games to watch every day of the week from October through December! The NFL has games Monday, Thursday, and Sunday for the first three months of their season. There are College Football games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for three months. On the nights there is no NFL, there is usually an MLB, NBA, or NHL game to watch all Fall season. Plus, you could go watch your local High School athletes compete throughout the fall, so you can go visit your alma mater or join your friends to support their kids playing sports too.
5. The Holidays pair well with the sports calendar
The Fall Season offers the two of the most popular holidays on the calendar each year and all of those holidays have sports connections too. The World Series is usually played on Halloween and on that day players like Derek Jeter along with Madison Bumgarner have big performances on the biggest stage. Thanksgiving is famous for having NFL games on TV yearly that football fans can consume with their Turkey Day meals. Plus, the weekend after Thanksgiving is historically a famous time of year for College Football rivalry games each season while multiple sports have played marquis games on Black Friday.
The Fall season is a great time of year with tons of sports, seasonal drinks to consume, along with holidays and seasonal festivals to enjoy. It's my favorite time of year, what about you? You can listen to "GameNight with Josh Hennig" every Monday through Friday at 6pm on 973 ESPN Radio South Jersey and you can follow me on Twitter/X here.