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Are Professional Sports Waning?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by unixfish, Sep 17, 2020.

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  1. Jim622

    Jim622 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Sports used to be a way of escaping. I wont elaborate, for fear of ending the thread.
     
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    I played football as a kid. I was never any good, big and slow, but I've kept an interest in football.

    My father's family lived in St. Louis and were avid Cardinals fans for 125 years. I have many happy memories of listening to a Cardinal game with my father and filling out his father's scorecard.

    The dynamics that drove sports fans is changing. While they have great skill at squeezing out the last nickel the owners of most sports teams are IMO at the bottom of the barrel and demographics are working against continued growth.
     
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    The world is in such a hurry that it’s hard to keep anyone still long enough. Me, I used to watch sports all weekend long. Now I can check scores, standings, and watch highlights in about five minutes.
     
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    No graph goes up indefinitely.

    With the start times of so many games being so late (especially post season games), the amount of commercials broadcast during a game and subsequently the length of games, what used to be entertainment has turned into a chore. Now take the expense of seeing a game live, add parking, concessions, etc. and the prices keep going up.

    Now don't get me wrong, I'm a sports fan, but here's an example: We have Hulu Live for TV now as well as Amazon Prime. I had planned on watching the Thursday Night Football game tonight, but it's only on the NFL Network which I don't have. So the NFL doesn't want me to watch? Whatever, I can easily find something else to do.
     
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    Meh. I vaguely remember watching some pro sports about 30 yrs ago.
    Have I missed anything?
     
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    Lately I've been watching the Tour.
    I just happened to change providers
    and noticed Sling has the TDF every day.
    I also watched the Champions League
    Championship for the first time, also
    because it is available.
    It has been years since I watched MLB, NBA
    or NFL, and it is likely I'll never watch them again.
    When I lived near Texas A&M I went to many games,
    the best being the women's soccer games.
    The Aggie women's basketball team won the national championship a few years back.
    We became friends with their center (Danielle Adams) who
    has the distinction of never leaving the floor on a rebound.
    We kept a slice of paper handy to test if it could slip under her shoe during, etc.
    My brother and I would sit with the parents of the players and a good time was had by all.
    Anyway, live sports, etc


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  7. Dreadnut

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    I'd like to watch an NFL game where there's NO coaching from the sideline or head sets.... the players on the field call all the plays and run the game....

    like most other sports...:rolleyes:
     
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    I watch some F1, Le Mans and yacht racing. Team sports haven't interested me since going to school games when I was a teenager. Every pro team and athlete could literally disappear from the face of the earth in a flash of light and the most it would illicit from me is a yawn.
     
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    you gotta be kiddin. The METS just got bought for 2.4 BILLION dollars.

    Even during the current situation, sports are BIG. I think most respondents are 'not in the demographic' Fantasy sports keep breaking records for participation etc.

    things change... but sports as a thing are not waning (waxing maybe, but that is kind of personal) the interest and investment is clear.
     
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    I attend when I can, or watch on TV a lot of soccer and ice hockey. When I go to the game, I seem to be surrounded by many thousands of like-minded folks.

    This year, with no fans in the stands and current events taking a prominent visual place in most pro leagues, is not the year to judge.

    Sports this year are falling victim to the same things the rest of society is. It’s not an escape, which used to be sports’ greatest virtue.

    It’s a harmonic convergence of crap making it seem like sports are waning. Once things get back to normal, sports will, too.

    Whether or not people in the OP’s particular circle get into sports is an entirely different question.
     
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    Not my kid. Sports are the only thing that interest him.
     
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    Contracts summing in the 100s of Millions of $$$.....

    Someone is watching.
     
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    I still watch MX and Endurocross, and the Extreme Enduros. I'm kinda pissed off at the MLB, NBA, MLS, and the NFL. Buncha spoiled ass bastards anyway. If I were to watch any stick and ball sports, it'd likely be women's sports. Nowhere near the egos with the ladies, most of the time........
     
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    I really hope so. I despise pro sports, pro sports fans, and the players. Boring, Buncha overpaid crybabies chasing a ball around in their girly underwear. And lately, sports "heros" are falling into disfavor with the general public.

    Pro sports are for the intellectually average. They can all go to hell, AFAIC.
     
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    our NFL teams have a salary cap for their squad with heavy fines for any under the table payments....

    stops one team buying all the good players...
     
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    Middle aged IT guy checking in, wildly derided for being that "sportsball" guy who cares about their team(s) and how they're doing ... definitely generational. My kids will watch sports with me but aren't terribly interested yet.
     
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    My thirty something son in law loves F1 racing. I don't know why.
     
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    Yes, the world over, too much money, too much lack of love for the game
     
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    I’m lucky I a similar way. My boys (7 and 4) love soccer and tee-ball. But the leagues are the smallest they’ve ever been, even pre-COVID. Idk if it’s the kids or the parents more, but a general decline in interest. I’m still coaching and pushing my boys to hike/fish/play. But I’m feeling more and more strange for that position. Lol
     
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