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View Poll Results: Which sports do you think are boring to watch on TV?
Soccer 45 33.58%
Rugby 10 7.46%
Ice Hockey 18 13.43%
Gymnastics 23 17.16%
Tennis 17 12.69%
Golf 63 47.01%
Archery 23 17.16%
Squash 24 17.91%
NASCAR 37 27.61%
Football 19 14.18%
Basketball 15 11.19%
Baseball 27 20.15%
Softball 19 14.18%
Lacrosse 12 8.96%
Bowling 30 22.39%
Figure Skating 17 12.69%
Cycling 30 22.39%
Swimming/Diving 12 8.96%
Badminton 17 12.69%
Fencing 18 13.43%
Judo 16 11.94%
Table Tennis 17 12.69%
Australian Rules Football 8 5.97%
Ultimate Frisbee 14 10.45%
Field Hockey 14 10.45%
Track and Field 9 6.72%
Cricket 20 14.93%
Curling 18 13.43%
Volleyball 6 4.48%
other (please explain below) 4 2.99%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 134. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-15-2017, 07:35 AM
 
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Sailing. You left off sailing. There is a poster ranting over in a thread about the two women supposedly lost at sea for five months abou this. He says sailing is not a sport at all, since it can be done by any fat, drunk slob. I responded that I watched the America's Cup on TV and the racers look very active and so they must have left the fat slobs at the dock. He answered that the only thing more boring than sailing is watching sailing on TV. He added that if you see sailors doing anything at all it is because the wind is blowing that day.
Sailing requires skill, finesse, and strength.

Personally, I watched the America's Cup when it was in San Francisco Bay. Even for an enthusiast such as me, it's not compelling TV. But I certainly appreciate the sport.

That's kind of the problem with this thread. Some sports are a bit too nuanced for TV. But that doesn't make them any less valid.

Hemingway once wrote that there are only three sports, auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing. For those are the only sports in which you have a real possibility of dying. I'd add long-distance sailing events such as the Volvo to that list.
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:44 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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American football (seems to need cheerleaders for entertainment & also seems to be all about advertisements!), baseball (lots of standing around nobody moving) & basketball (just looks like jogging up and down a small court to me & its hard to get exited about a score when you know that the opposition are going to go straight down the other end and likely score right back!). Now I know this 'looks' like I am having a dig at American sports but I am NOT trying to claim that any sport is 'better' than any other, just that it seems to me to be a 'cultural' thing, I am sure that if I was born 'over there' I would see things differently. I am no fan of cricket either and for the life of me I can't begin to see what NASCAR has to offer (but there again I've never seen it so I could be wrong but it sounds DULL (a bit like speedway)).
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:51 AM
 
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American football (seems to need cheerleaders for entertainment & also seems to be all about advertisements!), baseball (lots of standing around nobody moving) & basketball (just looks like jogging up and down a small court to me & its hard to get exited about a score when you know that the opposition are going to go straight down the other end and likely score right back!). Now I know this 'looks' like I am having a dig at American sports but I am NOT trying to claim that any sport is 'better' than any other, just that it seems to me to be a 'cultural' thing, I am sure that if I was born 'over there' I would see things differently. I am no fan of cricket either and for the life of me I can't begin to see what NASCAR has to offer (but there again I've never seen it so I could be wrong but it sounds DULL (a bit like speedway)).
I'm an American (And a Southerner to boot) and I would rather be mauled by badgers than watch NASCAR and its 500 miles of left-hand turns. Then again, there are those who practically climax over the damned thing.

As far as American football and baseball are concerned, I think your remarks on culture are indeed correct. Both are sports that have a lot of nuance to them that isn't readily apparent to the casual observer. As I remarked in an earlier post, American football is really a chess match in a lot of ways. Baseball is wheels-within-wheels strategy. As a fan of both games, I would offer that baseball is the game with the most tension of all. A really good baseball game is almost exhausting to watch. But that's because I'm a student of the game.

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Old 11-15-2017, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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basketball, any level or gender...then American Ninja obstacle course racing...then cooking shows

^...mostly all stuff that I don't currently excel at
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Old 11-19-2017, 03:34 PM
 
Location: The Land Mass Between NOLA and Mobile, AL
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Which sports do you think are boring to watch on television?

I'm going for soccer. It's so boring because it's very low scoring. Ice Hockey is the same reason though I might watch the NHL playoffs if they air it. I'd much rather watch rugby than soccer for sure. I'm also going for tennis outside Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open, and U.S. Open along with gymnastics, cycling, swimming, and cricket.
I voted for golf and bowling. I don't think golf is a sport.
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Old 11-19-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: The Land Mass Between NOLA and Mobile, AL
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I'm an American (And a Southerner to boot) and I would rather be mauled by badgers than watch NASCAR and its 500 miles of left-hand turns. Then again, there are those who practically climax over the damned thing.

As far as American football and baseball are concerned, I think your remarks on culture are indeed correct. Both are sports that have a lot of nuance to them that isn't readily apparent to the casual observer. As I remarked in an earlier post, American football is really a chess match in a lot of ways. Baseball is wheels-within-wheels strategy. As a fan of both games, I would offer that baseball is the game with the most tension of all. A really good baseball game is almost exhausting to watch. But that's because I'm a student of the game.
Badgers aren't particularly bad, though.
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Old 11-22-2017, 02:25 PM
 
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Which sports do you think are boring to watch on television?

I'm going for soccer. It's so boring because it's very low scoring. Ice Hockey is the same reason though I might watch the NHL playoffs if they air it. I'd much rather watch rugby than soccer for sure. I'm also going for tennis outside Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open, and U.S. Open along with gymnastics, cycling, swimming, and cricket.
My favorites, in order, are horse racing, football, baseball, golf, ice hockey, tennis. But I'll watch just about everything except cycling.
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Old 11-25-2017, 05:10 PM
 
Location: North East England
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American Football,sorry to all you Americans,theres a fair bit i like about your country,but American Football is AWFUL.Stop and start every 10 seconds.Id rather watch paint dry.

Marginally worse is golf,probably the worst sport ever invented.Tedious and boring to watch,never mind ever meeting anyone who plays this awful game.

Id go for Formula 1 Motor Racing as well.Its like watching traffic.I can look out of the window and do that
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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American Football,sorry to all you Americans,theres a fair bit i like about your country,but American Football is AWFUL.Stop and start every 10 seconds.Id rather watch paint dry.

Marginally worse is golf,probably the worst sport ever invented.Tedious and boring to watch,never mind ever meeting anyone who plays this awful game.

Id go for Formula 1 Motor Racing as well.Its like watching traffic.I can look out of the window and do that
That's okay. But you know, if you live in England, soccer is the most entertaining sport to watch.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:37 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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America is built upon capitalism. A free society has free enterprise. Products are manufactured, and sold, and distributed to the greatest people on Earth: CUSTOMERS.

America becomes the richest nation in the world. Why?

Capitalism.

WHY are commercials shown?

Not only does it help players relax, but so that products may be presented, and products may be sold.

And American capitalism may continue to flourish.

American ingenuity.
The fact that you think the commercials are the best part is rather damming of the sport don't you think! lol
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