Should Track become more of a major name sport in America.
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Track runners are Athletes just like football or baseball players. Of course sports like football are more enjoyable to watch, but is that because of the loyalty or patriotism towards the team? I believe it is.
Track will never be a major sport in America. The fact of the matter is, people simply don't enjoy watching it. The reason that football, baseball, soccer, and basketball are major sports is because they have large fanbases, and therefore bring in lots of money. A 2013 poll by Gallup showed that only about 1% of people polled had track and field as their favorite sport (1).
People usually enjoy watching games a little bit more complicated than track. Track is like NASCAR, but without the crashes, and a lot slower.
Of course track runners are athletes, but their sport is simply not as enjoyable to viewers as other sports, and it will never bring in enough money to be considered a major sport.
Rude and snappy? I was merely pointing out the invalidity of your argument. There is not an especially nice way to do that, but I was by no means attempting to be rude.
"The 1% who do find the sport interesting might acutely be right."
How interesting a sport is to an individual is subjective. There is no "right" or "wrong" when talking about how interesting something is.
The vast majority of the population does not find track interesting, and therefore it will not be a popular sport unless you can convince them to become interested in it, which is impossible, as interest is not a conscious action.
Let's take a look at Oxford's definition of barbaric, shall we?
1. Savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal
I would agree that football is more brutal than track.
2. Primitive, unsophisticated
Track definitely meets this definition a lot better than football. Track is primitive; you said it yourself, it was only popular in ancient times. Track is unsophisticated; all it involves is running in circles.
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