Spectator Sports: The Perfect Means of Escapism

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While it is important that we engage in intellectually stimulating activities that can improve our awareness of the world around us and help to broaden our horizons as individuals, it’s also important that we have a little down time too. As the saying goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Now, increasing numbers of us are turning to reality television shows as our means of relaxation. We keep up with the Kardashians, watch reality game shows like Love Island and Big Brother, and immerse ourselves in social experiments like The Circle. But reality TV isn’t the only means of escapism from our day to day lives. You should consider getting involved in spectators sports too! Even if you’re not a particularly sporty individual yourself, watching team sports can give you a sense of exhilaration and can instill you with a sense of team spirit, as you unite with other individuals supporting the same team. What’s more? You don’t just have to watch through the television set - you can attend matches and games in real life as part of the crowd yourself! So, if this sounds good to you, here are a couple of sports you might start wanting to get involved with.


We’re all familiar with some of the basketball greats out there - Michael Jordan dominated the sport from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s, leading the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships. But when was the last time you watched a game yourself? Find yourself a team to support and arrange to spend an evening watching ones of their games, whether this is sitting with snacks in front of your television or purchasing Lakers tickets and allowing the enthusiasm of the crowd to envelope you. Here are some of the basics so you can keep on top of what’s happening:

  • The court is separated into two halves, each team has a dedicated half and their aim is to shoot the ball through the hoop at their rival’s end of the court
  • The ball can be passed or dribbled while the players make their way down the court
  • When a team scores, they receive two points and the ball is passed to the other team
  • If anyone scores from outside of the three point arc marked on the floor, their team is awarded three points


Boxing is an extremely physical sport, so watching it isn’t for the lighthearted. However, you should bear in mind that various measures are taken to protect boxers - they wear protective gloves and there is a referee monitoring the match and intervening if things begin to go too far. For weeks ahead of the big fight, you can tune in to pre-match interviews and weigh ins where the individuals size each other up. Commentators cover the fight so you will generally have a good idea of what’s going on as you go along!

These are just two different sports that you might want to tune into. There are, of course, plenty more out there and it may take you a little time to find what truly appeals to you. But once you find it, you can guarantee that you’ll be hooked and highly entertained!

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