What is a "sport"?

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  1. Melody

    Melody How's It Made Addict

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    Was having this convo earlier and found people were surprisingly split.

    We all know the "big" sports such as soccer/football, basketball, American football/rugby, hockey, baseball, tennis and all that jazz.

    However, there's always some grey area between people as to other activities featured on sports networks such as golf, curling, bowling, darts, poker, competitive bodybuilding, competitive eating etc. Some of these latter activities are considered sports by some and not by others, but the distinction isn't nearly as clear as with the former ones named.

    I just pulled a random wikipedia definition but according to it, all of these could technically be "sports" depending on how you look at them:
    So my question is this: what in your eyes defines an activity as being a "sport"? Why would one of the activities listed be a sport and not another (feel free to give more examples)?
     
  2. Fishon

    Fishon I Will Close You

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    If it's on ESPN, it's a sport. ;)

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    Personally, I'd remove poker and competitive eating from the list. All the others are sporting activities.
     
  3. killkenny1

    killkenny1 Too weird to live, too rare to die.

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  4. Tsunade_Hime

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    Sport should be a competition where there is a quantifiable end result where a "best" or a clear winner can be determined.


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  5. Mitlov

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    Good definition. I'm not sure "sports" necessarily have to be athletic. Trap and skeet are often referred to as shooting sports; competitive Starcraft and League of Legends are "e-sports." None of these have any significant athletic component.
     
  6. killkenny1

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    But... but what about all that LMB clicking. I bet most of those competitors use steroids to boost their index finger performance.
     
  7. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow

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    Right which is why I had no mention of athletics, aka Esports and eating competitions don't exactly count as athletics.


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  8. killkenny1

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    What about chess?
     
  9. Step666

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    A good basis for a definition.

    Personally I would say that the activity should be one in which skill or ability are (or can be) a deciding factor.
    Something that is left entirely to chance would be a game IMO.
     
  10. Jarhead

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    Personally, I consider curling to be "weird", not a "sport" :p

    In all seriousness though, imo sports must be extraordinary physical in some way (so MLG, chess, poker, and the like don't quality). "A clear winner" seems to be a good qualifier as well, knocking out bodybuilding and such.
     
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