The Instigator
SweetCrackerJack
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Skepticalone
Con (against)
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Is checkers a sport?

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Skepticalone
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/24/2013 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (3)
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SweetCrackerJack

Pro

Yes, it is a sport. my proof is this dictionary definiton:
an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.

well it says it requires skill as in mentally, therefore since checkers requires mental skill, checkers is indeed a sport
Skepticalone

Con

Thank you, Pro, for starting this debate. I am new to this, so hopefully you will guide me through this process and help me avoid any protocol errors.

"Yes, it is a sport. my proof is this dictionary definition:
an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc."

My opponent basically states checkers is a sport because it requires mental skill. While I will not argue the skill involved in checkers, I do intend to show there is no athletic aspect to the game. Athlete [1] is defined as:
  • a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.
Checkers could hardly be considered a form of physical exercise nor anyone participating an athlete. If we were to use my opponents understanding of 'sport', we could consider accounting a sport since, proportionately, it is heavy on mental skill and light on physical exertion. Accounting requires roughly the same amount of physical exertion over similar periods of time, but I am sure we all agree: accounting is not a sport. For this reason Checker players (and CPAs) are not athletes and Checkers is not a sport.

[1]http://www.oxforddictionaries.com...
Debate Round No. 1
SweetCrackerJack

Pro

your welcome. your statement is correct so i say that this point goes to you.
Skepticalone

Con

Thank you, sir!
Debate Round No. 2
SweetCrackerJack

Pro

well, i guess you win
Skepticalone

Con

Pro has no other arguments and no rebuttal to mine. I have established my case. Thank you for an interesting premise, Pro.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Skepticalone 3 years ago
Skepticalone
Pro's defined sport as: an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.
My position, according to this definition, is sports must have athletes.
Posted by Skepticalone 3 years ago
Skepticalone
Pro's defined sport as: an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.
My position, according to this definition, is sports must have athletes.
Posted by kbub 3 years ago
kbub
Do sports require athletes?
Posted by Skepticalone 3 years ago
Skepticalone
That is a good point about Chess, though. ..same board and all!
Posted by theta_pinch 3 years ago
theta_pinch
Actually I couldn't find anything about checkers. The comment below is an accident; however the information is valid.
Posted by theta_pinch 3 years ago
theta_pinch
According to Wikipedia the International Olympic Committee recognizes chess as a sport.
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Vote Placed by Ore_Ele 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro admitted defeat in R2.
Vote Placed by Ragnar 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Concession.
Vote Placed by iamanatheistandthisiswhy 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro conceded so Con wins. Pro I expected you to at least use the argument from Chess :) Fun debate.
Vote Placed by ndedo 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro could have extended his argument but he gave up after one round. Con had better S&G and sources.