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Just a quick poll here on team spectator sports in America. I'm kind of doing this just to answer a question in my own head.

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Which of these spectator sports is your favorite to watch?
Baseball
Basketball
Football
Hockey
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First off, by "to watch" I take it you mean watching one given game, rather than following a sport in general. If I'm wrong here, my vote's changing to basketball, the only sport I really follow in depth.

Assuming it's a US professional league, it's in person with decent seats, and that it's no particular team/player (i.e., I'd suck dick to see Kobe live), I voted baseball. I'm tempted to add the clause "meaningful game", but I think that's an inherent part of the appeal of NFL.
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Whatever the phrase means to you.
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There's only one right answer...and three thirty-nine people have gotten it wrong, so far.
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I went to a baseball game once and have never watched a sport on TV.
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I voted for football, but not the one you mean.
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Basketball, basketball, basketball!

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Football to watch, baseball on the radio
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I can get into football and hockey no matter the level. I also like watching soccer. Basketball is too nit-picky on the fouls to be interesting (and the last couple of minutes of a close game with fouls all over the place is the opposite of fun to watch). And baseball is dreadfully boring to watch, even in person.
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I love football and baseball both.

But here's the difference. When I enter a football stadium, I feel like I'm entering a sporting venue. When I enter a baseball stadium, I feel like I'm entering a cathedral.
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None of the above.
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I think there's a big difference between watching a sport on TV and attending a game.

Baseball - Good game to watch in person if the stadium is incredible, like, say, AT&T Park in San Fran. Pretty good on the tube too as long as the telecast isn't overloaded with stats on every pitch (like pitch speed).

Hockey - Despite living in Toronto, I think hockey is fairly boring to watch in person as there are just too many bad seats, the boards get in the way of seeing all the action, and the netting behind the goals are annoying. It's great on TV though.

Football - fantastic on television...have not been to a live game (but will as soon as we get our own NFL team!)

Basketball - I think this is the best for both in-person viewing and on television, especially if you have a seat very near the court. And I think this despite living in the same city where the Raptors "play" basketball.
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futhee wrote:
I think there's a big difference between watching a sport on TV and attending a game.

Hockey - Despite living in Toronto,

Football - fantastic on television...have not been to a live game (but will as soon as we get our own NFL team!)



What's wrong with the Argos?
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kinross_19 wrote:
I can get into football and hockey no matter the level. I also like watching soccer. Basketball is too nit-picky on the fouls to be interesting (and the last couple of minutes of a close game with fouls all over the place is the opposite of fun to watch). And baseball is dreadfully boring to watch, even in person.


So 6.5 minutes of actual action spread over 3 hours is what you consider "not boring"? Give me baseball where they ball is live almost all the time and I see something I haven't seen before in every single game. As the great Red Barber once said, "Baseball is only dull to dull minds".



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So 6.5 minutes of actual action spread over 3 hours is what you consider "not boring"?

To me, baseball is like an afternoon walk in the forest (you have to like the trees), and football is like waiting in line for 30+ minutes for a 3-minute rollercoaster ride.

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Basketball - I think this is the best for both in-person viewing and on television.

Basketball is the sport I (used to) play, and NBA is the league I follow, but I find NBA in-person to be a total assault on the senses; not because of the game itself, but because of all the other music, promitions, and over-the-top hoo-ha going on. So my analogy for that would be going to a modern action movie. But bear in mind that I can't stand most modern action movies, such as The Dark Knight.
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Football - TV or in person is just a very interesting sport to watch.

Basketball - I prefer in person and detest the last 2-3 minutes of a game with the multiple fouls and foul shots.

Baseball - good on TV or in person but I have to care about the game I'm watching or else, forget it.

Hockey - good on TV just OK in person.
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None of the above.


Yup. This exactly.
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"Bowling" is conspicuously absent from the list, as is "I am living proof of string theory, since at least 10 dimensions are required to encompass my disinterest in spectator sports."
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Hockey, it's simply the best.
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NostraDouglas wrote:


What's wrong with the Argos?


Unfortunately, the Argos pretty much stopped being relevant in Toronto after Gretzky, McNall and Candy sold the team. I loved the CFL as a kid, but it's hard to match the non-stop coverage the NFL gets.
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futhee wrote:
I think there's a big difference between watching a sport on TV and attending a game.

Baseball - Good game to watch in person if the stadium is incredible, like, say, AT&T Park in San Fran. Pretty good on the tube too as long as the telecast isn't overloaded with stats on every pitch (like pitch speed).

Hockey - Despite living in Toronto, I think hockey is fairly boring to watch in person as there are just too many bad seats, the boards get in the way of seeing all the action, and the netting behind the goals are annoying. It's great on TV though.

Football - fantastic on television...have not been to a live game (but will as soon as we get our own NFL team!)

Basketball - I think this is the best for both in-person viewing and on television, especially if you have a seat very near the court. And I think this despite living in the same city where the Raptors "play" basketball.


You should take a trip to Green Bay for a game. A terrific experience - and a pretty fair football team also.
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The poll misspelled rugby.
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Ok, here's the point of the poll. I read an article recently talking about the fading popularity of baseball. In the early 60s a poll was done and the question I asked was the question I asked then. Baseball got 65% of the votes.

This last fall the World Series had the lowest TV ratings in it's history. It's average ratings have have slipped under the ratings for the NBA finals. I was curious to see how the same question asked 50 years ago would be answered today so I took this small poll.
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Baseball's popularity hasn't been the same since the '94 strike. It alienated an awful lot of people. Massive steroid/PED use hasn't helped either.

Nor have the following...

* high ticket and concession prices
* TV blackouts
* no salary cap, so small-market teams have a hard time holding onto good players for a long time
* the gradual move of television broadcasts to cable
* the move of early-round postseason play to TNT (not known for its sports coverage)
* late postseason game ending times, especially on the East Coast
* glacially slow play, especially when the Red Sox and Yankees are involved

All of this has allowed the NFL to eat MLB's lunch.
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IngredientX wrote:
Baseball's popularity hasn't been the same since the '94 strike. It alienated an awful lot of people. Massive steroid/PED use hasn't helped either.

Nor have the following...

* high ticket and concession prices
* TV blackouts
* no salary cap, so small-market teams have a hard time holding onto good players for a long time
* the gradual move of television broadcasts to cable
* the move of early-round postseason play to TNT (not known for its sports coverage)
* late postseason game ending times, especially on the East Coast
* glacially slow play, especially when the Red Sox and Yankees are involved

All of this has allowed the NFL to eat MLB's lunch.


And in 2013 (I think) there will be at least one interleague game played every day when Houston moves to the AL. I absolutely hate interleague play
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