DATA

For the sake of comparison: Best-attended sports leagues v F1 attendance

The Top 10 total attendances for sports leagues in their most recent season

1. Major League Baseball 2009  73,418,479  Average: 30,338
2.. Nippon Professional Baseball 2009  22,399,679  Average: 25,926
3. National Basketball Association 2009/10  21,094,015  Average: 17,150
4. NHL 2009/10  20,996,455  Average: 17,070
5. NFL 2009/10  17,282,225  Average: 67,509
6. Bundesliga 2009/10  13,004,694  Average: 42,499
7. Premier League 2009/10  12,979,882  Average: 34,158
8. La Liga 2009/10  10,820,013  Average: 28,474
9. Serie A 2009/10  9,607,334  Average: 25,282
10. Australian Football League 2009  6,991,085 Average: 37,790


2009 F1 total attendance:  2,747,419  Average: 161,613


Source: SportingIntelligence.com for league attendance; Formula Money for estimated F1 attendance