Televised games

What games would people watch on TV?  They probably all exist already in some fashion, but here are some thoughts:

Televised Chess
Televised Bridge
Televised Scrabble
Televised Poker (nobody would ever watch this, right?)
Televised Call of Duty
Televised Magic: The Gathering
Televised Beer Pong

When I thought about things like poker and darts, I wondered where the line is drawn between “game” and “sport”, and also “activity”.  Is darts a sport?  If a sport involves physical ability, including dexterity, then beer pong is just as much a sport as darts.  And considering “activity”: I would think that snowboarding and biking are sports when you race or do tricks in competition, and activities otherwise.  It follows then that individual things can be “activities” but team things can’t.  No matter how little you care about winning, I would still call volleyball and rugby “sports”.  Golf is some sort of exception, because playing a round alone, even if you don’t keep score, I believe would still qualify as a sport.

And now I can’t stop thinking about this.

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Posted on May 27, 2011, in Sports, Thinking Out Loud, TV and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I know I’m a bit late to this, but televised poker is already kinda a huge thing – and it’s actually rather entertaining. NBC has (used to have? I haven’t watched in forever) a show called Poker After Dark where they would get a group of world-class poker players together to play a one-table tournament for $100 000 per week.

  2. Pretty sure it’s been a big thing for at least 5 years 🙂

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