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Why Do People Watch Sports?

It's really kind of amusing watching how some people get so obsessed with watching people throw balls around. It's so mindless. Why don't you watch something with a storyline or with some laughs or suspense in it? Sports are just so repetitive. Ooh, he's got the ball. He throws it. The other guy's got the ball. He throws it. This goes on and on and on until someone scores. And the things they are competing for is silly. There are some competitions that judge real talent such as music talent shows or anything that's meaningful. All that being a good athlete means is that you're good at throwing balls. Who gives a flip about that? I also don't understand how people are fans of certain athletes or teams. My brother-in-law is always talking about the Cubs. He admitted to me, though, that they don't win a whole lot. So why the heck does he like them? How do sports fanatics pick who they want to be a "fan" of? All the teams are the same other than how much they win. They all just do the same old thing and throw balls around at each other.
RopinTexan RopinTexan 22-25, M 22 Responses Oct 16, 2007

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Completely agreed and to the moron who thinks sports are like books and music, no they are not. They are completely different experiences. I'll give you a hint: Two of those three things are related to knowledge.

I agree with you 100%! Some people go crazy about sports like their lives depend on it.. Chill out, dude, even if the team you're rooting for wins or looses, you get nothing.

I think there are far more interesting things in life than watching a bunch of millionaires chasing after a ball.

i agree totally

As a sports fan this so incensed me that I made an account on this website. Now to address your points. I would not expect to make you a fan because I think fandom must be brought on at a young age, but I hope by the end of this post you will have a newfound understanding and tolerance of sports and sports fans.



First you speak of mindless obsession. This obsession results from people not being inside a vacuum. If people were to live alone on islands then they would be less obsessed. But when rooting for the common team, "fandom" becomes a competition. This obsession is not 100% because of sports, but partly because of societal expectations to be knowledgable and "a good fan."



You then speak of the lack of story lines and suspense. If you care about games there is tremendous suspense. In the final minutes of some games the entire game, a season or even someone's career may be on the line. With a minute to go in game 7 (winner take all game at the end of a championship) the championship will be one in that minute and careers may be defined by who wins. As for story lines, players all have different background and goals. A player may be coming off and injury, or fighting for his last chance. When you watch sports you could watch a drama about a great player finally winning a championship, or the sad story of someone who gave it there all but somehow along the line slipped and didn't put in enough. It may not be obvious or appealing to you personally, but there is a lot happening besides who it touching the ball.



If you were to immerse yourselves in sports, you would see things are not as repetitive as they seem. Every year some seemingly good teams fail while teams who were terrible from last year may improve and become a "cinderella" success story. Every year new players are drafted, each of them bringing expectations, talent and potential. Each play something happens that shifts the game. While it might not be the play of the game, every time someone tries to score there's a chance for an amazing play where athletic talent and situation come together and someone does something spectacular and far beyond ordinary even for world-class athletes.



I think your description of real talent is shallow. What makes music so talent-ful? Why is playing Motzart so much more impressive than a person who (because of years of training both his strength and technique) who can throw a baseball 100 mph. Music requires dedication and practicing "technique" (ie how to move your fingers on the instrument). 99% of sports require technique, physical power/endurance and also mental toughness to resist pain and pressure.



The issue of teams is harder to explain, and probably results from being taught from a young age. In college and high school sports, it's easier to explain. You support the people who are you fellow students, or went to the same college/high school you did. Their performances are an extension of yourself in a way, which is why it feels good when a fan's team wins. Pro sports are city based, but the same principle applies. The team represents your city and state/part of the country. By the same extension (though it is more "abstract" if you will) we root for those teams. A final point is that in sports there are some teams that either cheat somewhat (the Yankees are famous for spending the most money and literally buying off good players, which makes many people hate them) or are jerks. Being a professor, my father taught me to dislike college teams that have coaches who encourage people to be lazy in academics. And then there's the matter that some players/coaches/owners are self centered jerks and you don't want those guys to win.



I think I have answered and countered all your main points. I don't expect you to start loving sports, but just because we watch games doesn't mean we're stupid and unreasonable.

For those of us who are not into sports at all, then the assumption is tv drama. However I am not into tv at all, with the exception of the science channel and Mythbusters. I never understood the basis of anyone's allegiance to a particular sports team, except if they lived in the same city. Otherwise, why did they pick that team? Then what happens if they move?



I see sports and tv drama to be fictional worlds, whereas I see science and more practical things like working on your house, cars, education and knowledge of the world to be of greater real value. I keep an organized, clean and well-maintained home and garage on top of two advanced university degrees - and do not see how people can dedicate so much time to sports without ending up with messy homes or complete lack of higher education and knowledge. I guess it is all about if a person is into fantasy or reality. I always found secular practical truths to be stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction or fantasy. I always liked cooperation (like working on a project with family or friends) instead of competition and people tearing each other down with big egos in an artificial world. For me, it is more important to have an understanding of real things that can affect me in a real world than a manufactured, commercialized hyped-up fantasy world.

I never understood it either..The fan gains nothing by having their team win, except pride, I guess..pride for something they didn't even do??

teams,wanting to belong,competition.ho hum,yawn.

Well, obviously they make money because the fans pay it. But the question is...WHY would one pay to watch people play a game? Maybe a better example than eating would be something inherently competitive. For example, I wouldn't pay to watch people play Uno.

All good points... the reason they make the money though is because there are a lot of people willing to pay it...



People do pay to see competitive eating I suppose :-D



Anyway, I wish I was good enough at a sport to play one amongst friends, but I'm not...

Yeah, I don't have a problem with playing sports...the main reason that I don't is because I'm not athletic at all. But I think playing a friendly game of kickball with friends for some exercise and recreation is great. But the commercialization and popularity of it is insane.



As a comparison, I think enjoying some food and drinks with some friends at a restaurant is a great form of socialization and entertainment. But I don't see people watching people eat dinner with friends on TV, screaming about who's eating the best food, and the people eating on TV getting paid millions of dollars a year.

Playing sports isn't so bad... it's all those people devote themselves to a team that has no basis in anything. It might as well be too big corporations out there....

Ha! Great comparison, IDO...that's so true!

lol stalking Interdimensional is great

What you said, LS. I like you. You make sense.

Oh, and he doesn't have any experiences, either! I wonder why he's here. Could it be to troll stories and rile people up for no good reason? Nah, that would just be stupid.

Hey, someone who enjoys watching humans compete with one another for an ephemeral glimpse of glory that wastes millions of dollars and perpetuates social stratification and group conflict just verbally assaulted his fellow man! I didn't know that such behavior was possible from refined intellectuals.

You should try dirt biking! Its a great sport and you only hate sports because your a lazy fat kid that plays video games all day

It's definitely not my thing, and I'm sure glad I'm not you right now.

Maybe that's just not your thing! I'm watching the NBA All-Star game on TV from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas!(where the NBA All-Star game is played)

Why is it so annoying? You just don't like watching them win all the time?

So basically, they cheat?

What I don't understand is how you decide who to like and who not to like. You referred to the Yankees as the "bad guys" and everyone else as the "good guys." What makes the Yankees so "bad?"