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Athletic games of skill

A sport is a competitive physical activity or game which, through casual or organized participation, aims to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators. Hundreds of sports exist, from those between single contestants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals. In certain sports such as racing, many contestants may compete, simultaneously or consecutively, with one winner; in others, the contest (a match) is between two sides, each attempting to exceed the other. Some sports allow a tie game; others provide tie-breaking methods to ensure one winner and one loser. A number of contests may be arranged in a tournament producing a champion. Many sports leagues make an annual champion by arranging games in a regular sports season, followed in some cases by playoffs.

  • Baseball - America's favorite pastime
  • Basketball - Court game, points are scored by tossing ball through a hoop
  • Football, American - The most popular spectator sport in the United States
  • Golf - Game in which one attempts to sink a ball into each of 9 or 18 holes on a course


Before March Madness, by Gary North, 6 Apr 2004
Today, sports are big business. Sociologists offer lots of explanations, but the obvious one is probably the central factor: people want to belong to something that is larger than their own circle of friends. ... Professional football has competed with church on Sunday. ... The same is true of golf, another Sunday sport.
Related Topic: Basketball
If You Build It, They Will Leave: Sports teams fleece the taxpayer, again., by Matt Welch, Reason, Jan 2004
Leaving It All on the Field (Not in the Halls of Congress), by Adam B. Summers, 4 Jan 2006
... the BCS hearing is not an isolated case of political thumb-twiddling or interference in athletics. ... it is merely the latest in a string of congressional forays into the sporting world. Earlier this year, Congress held hearings to scold Major League Baseball and other professional sports leagues for not having more stringent steroid policies.
Locker-Room Liberty: Athletes who helped shape our times and the economic freedom that enabled them, by Matt Welch, Reason, May 2005
Operating in a subculture far more socially conservative than those surrounding the professional arts, athletes of the mid-to-late '60s and '70s forced their reluctant and occasionally hostile audiences to confront issues of race, war, and free expression, and we are all better for their efforts.

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Hey, buddy, can you spare a few bucks ..., by David Horsey, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 3 Mar 2006
Related Topic: Taxation

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Sport" as of 15 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.