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Old 05-20-2019, 02:14 PM
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Collegiate/professional sports is not "just a game"


Often said after a sports loss by commentators: "(so much fuss/violence/devastation over this): It's just a game."


But it is not just a game. If a sport is being contested at NCAA/professional/World Cup levels, it is not just a game - it has become an industry in which the careers and livelihoods of many, emotions of an entire city/region/nation and billions of dollars are involved, not to mention untold amounts of gambling.

IMHO, it is a platitude/cliche, but it is wrong - if it has gotten to that level, it by definition has exceeded a mere "game" and is a whole lot more than a game. It could only be called "just a game" if there were nothing substantial at stake.