why do people argue what is a sport and what isn't?

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    Jul 08, 2014 7:16 PM GMT
    sometimes on the internet i see people argue that cheerleading isnt a sport, or something isn't a sport.

    can someone explain to me what is and what isn't a sport?

    or why do people do this kind of thing?

    and is this some hypermasculinity effect?
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    Jul 09, 2014 2:42 PM GMT
    A sport is any activity that can be used as a competition.
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    Jul 09, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidA sport is any activity that can be used as a competition.

    Playing the piano? Bodybuilding? It's a good question but there's no real answer. The only time I worry about it is when it comes to the Olympics. What's the deal with the girls dancing around with batons and streamers?
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    Jul 09, 2014 6:04 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said
    paulflexes saidA sport is any activity that can be used as a competition.

    Playing the piano? Bodybuilding? It's a good question but there's no real answer. The only time I worry about it is when it comes to the Olympics. What's the deal with the girls dancing around with batons and streamers?

    I'm kind of bothered by any sport that uses judges; e.g., gymnastics, diving, synchronized swimming, cheer leading, your baton and streamers example, figure skating, etc. On the other hand, even with sports that don't use judges you have referees, umpires, etc. which are somewhat similar to judges.

    But ultimately, competitive sports are fundamentally there to provide entertainment for the spectators. Given that they're merely entertainment, I don't think it's important to worry about whether or not something is a sport.
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    Jul 09, 2014 6:15 PM GMT
    so why do people argue about what is a sport then? to make their hobby/interest more superior?
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    Jul 09, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
    leafgreen saidso why do people argue about what is a sport then? to make their hobby/interest more superior?

    Well for one thing Title IX. Colleges must balance spending on male/female sports and sometimes that means some stretching a bit on women's sport definitions.
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    Jul 10, 2014 10:00 PM GMT
    leafgreen saidso why do people argue about what is a sport then? to make their hobby/interest more superior?
    Practice makes perfect, so if I'm ever gonna win a arguing match, I'll have to practice. Arguing is a sport too, ya know. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 20, 2014 12:47 AM GMT
    I've been guilty of this particularly during the Olympics. But every time I try to come up with criteria to define a sport I fall short. Take ballet as an example. You must be an outstanding athlete to be a good ballet dancer but we call it a performance while gymnastics and figure skating are called sports. Is surfing a sport or an athletic pursuit? A sport I suppose, since there are surf teams and competitions but it is judge like the other performance sports and in the end is it not just a dance in the water? What about golf and billiards both of which require sharp hand eye coordination skills but not athletic finesse. That means a sport is not always an athletic pursuit and that not all athletic pursuits are considered sports. Now with reality TV, cooking and fashion design have become sports. Really!

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    Jul 20, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    I personally don't consider horse riding a sport. icon_confused.gif