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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Differentiating between a game and a sport

What is your personal criteria that must be met for an activity, past time or a game to be classified as a "sport"?

Must it be athletic? Have to be played in athletic gear? Be only remotely likely to be won at the highest level by people in the prime of their lives i.e below the age of 35-40? Mean you must have an athletic build and cannot carry around a big beer gut and still partake at a world class level?

If so, where do you put things like fishing, darts, golf, snooker, 8 ball, cricket, lawn bowls, ten pin bowling, petanque, target shooting, plus half the olympic sports?

We often here debate everywhere about something being a game or a sport, but there is never exactly unanimous criteria, and often most agree on 8/10, but vigorously defend the one or two past times they like and enjoy as sport even though most disagree.

So, hopefully without insulting peoples favourite activities, can we try and get some agreement on criterion for something to be classed as a sport?

I'm sure we all agree with tennis.

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Posting on MTF is a sport

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You forget "motor sports", m8. Is a sport drive a car?

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Why take up space with threads like this? A dictionary will answer your question.

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Is life a sport?

Or is life merely a game?

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You forget "motor sports", m8. Is a sport drive a car?
Motor sport is in the rather unique position of being neither a sport nor a game.

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Motor sport is in the rather unique position of being neither a sport nor a game.
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guess that's also why they call it motor sports.

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Re: Differentiating between a game and a sport

I would define anything normally played standing up as a sport so I would include darts, snooker, competitive dancing, golf. Fishing is borderline but I would include it.

Games are played sitting down, and no matter how competitive I would class chess, bridge, scrabble, monopoly and the like as games.

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I would define anything normally played standing up as a sport so I would include darts, snooker, competitive dancing, golf. Fishing is borderline but I would include it.

Games are played sitting down, and no matter how competitive I would class chess, bridge, scrabble, monopoly and the like as games.

Fully respect wheelchair and disabled athletes of all types. They may be seated, but their sports are still sports.
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A sport, IMO, is a type of game where physical skills take a primary part in achieving victory.

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So there is no such thing as a game of tennis?
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guess that's also why they call it motor sports.
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All of those are sports. Car racing is very very hard on the body.

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I think I just differentiate between "sport" and "game" based on how seriously it's being taken. For me, snooker is a game but for Ronnie O'Sullivan it's a sport.

I agree with acacacacademy.
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Re: Differentiating between a game and a sport

I'm amazed people don't question crickets status as a sport more often. I think it is one, but it's very marginal. It sure looks a lot like a game, most of the arguments hurled at darts not being a sport, could be hurled at cricket too.

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