Are you watching the death rattle of all authentic sports?



  • I feel greatly saddened and wanted to express this. Not sure others feel the same way but....

    After almost 38 years of passionate (and i mean passionate) sports following of Rugby, league, cricket and boxing etc I feel we are now watching the death of true competitive sports.

    • Politics has fully taken over now.

    • Freedom of speech no longer exists

    • Money dictates the ruling opinion

    This rugby world cup potentially could have a host of world-class athletes sitting on ths sidelines and a lot of people not tuning in because of peoples beliefs. To believe in and to believe not.

    The end of true sport is almost here.

    Why? Because of politics.

    End of the day everyone is different and everyone should be allowed freedom of speech and belief. Whether you agree with their opinions is up to you.

    An atheist, a Christian, a Satanist, a Muslim, a capitalist, a socialist should all be welcome to play and all welcome to have their own opinions they can express. We dont have to agree with them.

    Isn't that normal life anyhow?

    Politics is using sports to enforce cultural identity. The day this was allowed was the day true sports died.

    The days of the best playing the best are about to leave us. What we will be left with is an inferior product.

    And not true sport.

    What we are left with is what we are conditioned to be allowed to watch.

    Politics should have no place in sport.

    Its not about right or wrong because they are clearly subjective.

    Enjoy what true fair sport you have left now because its almost over.

    The last 38 years were a pleasure.



  • I think what you're seeing is the realities of professional sport. Money availability is dictated by the public perception, so sponsors are now feeling obliged to move beyond the exposure their money bought to being active in how they are perceived.



  • People don’t get paid millions of dollars a year to compete in “real competitive sport” in it’s truest form. Commercialised professional sports is another matter.
    I quite like watching sport on TV, so can accept that money and sponsors play a role in it.



  • I've been watching sport slide over to the entertainment end of the spectrum for a while now.
    It's not so much a sporting contest as an entertainment product. Such is progress I guess



  • I heard the former owner of an NFL franchise say he sold because he thought concussion was going to eventually kill the game . He bought a E sports franchise which isn’t something I completely get because not a gamer but I understand it’s huge and growing.


  • Banned

    Politics in sport is hardly a new thing. Just look at Hitler back in 1936 and the multiple Olympic boycotts, not to mention NZ (shamelessly) not selecting coloured players for SA tours.

    But I can see how it can destroy someone's interest in watching sport. Sporting competitions should be about that - the competition. It should be a chance for people to block out whatever bullshit is happening in their lives and enjoy something that can entertain and even inspire them. I can say from personal experience that the Canes and ABs certainly did this for me. If the Barrett Brothers took a knee to the anthem or Richie started talking about global warming post match then I'd switch off. There's a time and a place and that simply isn't it.



  • Doom and gloom on here again. I’ll support any team that plays for Canterbury as long as I’m alive.



  • @SammyC said in Are you watching the death rattle of all authentic sports?:

    Doom and gloom on here again. I’ll support any team that plays for Canterbury as long as I’m alive.

    if anything, it's the Crusaders, Canterbury, the Melbourne Storm, The New England Patriots, The Golden State Warriors, and Man City who are fucking sports. Over-achieving fluffybunnies.



  • @jegga get amongst it bro - most of the popular games have some form of coverage - even if it's just finding a streamer that you enjoy watching (not cam girls btw). Def some ebbs and flows with games coming and going. But E-sports is getting better and better imo.



  • @Paekakboyz said in Are you watching the death rattle of all authentic sports?:

    @jegga get amongst it bro - most of the popular games have some form of coverage - even if it's just finding a streamer that you enjoy watching (not cam girls btw). Def some ebbs and flows with games coming and going. But E-sports is getting better and better imo.

    i bet you watch videos on youtube of other people playing Fortnite as well don't you? You disgust me



  • @mariner4life said in Are you watching the death rattle of all authentic sports?:

    @Paekakboyz said in Are you watching the death rattle of all authentic sports?:

    @jegga get amongst it bro - most of the popular games have some form of coverage - even if it's just finding a streamer that you enjoy watching (not cam girls btw). Def some ebbs and flows with games coming and going. But E-sports is getting better and better imo.

    i bet you watch videos on youtube of other people playing Fortnite as well don't you? You disgust me

    I've played computer games competitively with and against players much better and worse than me. It's interesting watching people who are genuinely good at anything you do and seeing the difference in how they do things. The same way you feel when taking the field with/ against Test players. It's like a different sport.

    Oh and you can become a millionaire playing in Korea. Their rugby team is a bit shit though...



  • @antipodean look, we are all allowed our foibles, and thus there is no fucking way in the world you are ever going to get me to consider playing video games a "sport"



  • @mariner4life said in Are you watching the death rattle of all authentic sports?:

    @antipodean look, we are all allowed our foibles, and thus there is no fucking way in the world you are ever going to get me to consider playing video games a "sport"

    Darts and Chess are considered sports though aren't they ?

    ......and I'll never forget being hungover ( or possibly still pissed ) and turning on ESPN and seeing the spelling bee live.......it was actually fucken good viewing and I think I missed a calling cos I was playing bloody well from the living room.



  • On one hand yes, on one hand South Africa missed the first two World Cups... so I'm sure we will survive.



  • @mariner4life ugh no fucking way bro. I'm a Starcraft 2 and strategy game junkie. Shooting games aren't my vibe. But will frequently be playing a game and have a stream or youtube vid running on the other screen. Actually I have a 2 year old so that's about 2x a week for a 15min window!



  • @antipodean that level of money has opened up across the world - still for a select pool of games but it's crazy aye. LoL and DOTA can earn you massive coin, but some of the big Twitch streamers are making shitloads without ever going to comps.



  • Peak Oil
    All Blacks demise (Each time folks leave after WC)
    Warriors - "Our Year"
    Wellington Phoenix - "We Deserve our spot"
    Liverpool - Winning the League

    and now death of sport.

    Just add it to the list that never happens.....



  • @Hooroo

    Its happening. Just look at the news everyday.

    Falou is arguably the best rugby player in the world.

    He won't be at the world cup likely because of his opinion,

    Others will sit the tournament out to most likely.

    Politics is ripping the heart out of the sport.

    This is just the begining.



  • @NightmareHitter said in Are you watching the death rattle of all authentic sports?:

    @Hooroo

    Its happening. Just look at the news everyday.

    Falou is arguably the best rugby player in the world.

    He won't be at the world cup likely because of his opinion,

    Others will sit the tournament out to most likely.

    Politics is ripping the heart out of the sport.

    This is just the begining.

    and I couldn't give a toss. There is always something. Always!

    This will have no affect on my watching of the WC. I can't wait for the Cricket season for the Boxing day test with Aussie too.

    You're just too panicky about the trivial, in my mind



  • @Hooroo

    You don't give a toss that you a robbed of watching the best sports talent in the world?

    You don't give a toss that you are missing out on watching the best in the sport due to politics?

    Your not a fan. Not a true one.


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