When is an activity a sport and not just a game or pastime? What about chess? Or fishing? (From News Shopper)
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Burning Questions: When is an activity a sport and not just a game or pastime? What about chess? Or fishing?
IT’S an argument which has raged in newsrooms up and down the country for years – what is the difference between a sport and a game?
A report arrives in the office from a local chess, bridge, cribbage or darts club and the debate begins about whether it should be used as a news item or a sports story.
It will get passed across to the sports desk only to be returned with a “this isn’t a sport, it’s a game, and not for my pages” rebuff.
Usually at this point some smart alec will mention the word ‘pastime’ and it goes on.
What do you think defines an activity as a sport rather than a game? Does there have to be a ball involved? Does a sport have to take skill rather than chance? What about athletic or physical prowess?
Do you think board or card games can ever be classed as sports if they are played competitively or professionally? What about pub games such as darts?
What do you classify the perennial opinion-divider of fishing as?
Add your comments below.
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