Is Darts Really A Sport
August 28, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

Is Darts Really A Sport

It’s hard not to love the carnival atmosphere that surrounds the big Darts competitions but in this era, there is nothing that goes unscrutinised by the neigh-sayers. A lot would tell you that Darts isn’t a ‘real sport’ just because you might have a few larger sized gentlemen on stage throwing a little dart at a board over and over.

Collins’ English Dictionary defines sport as ‘an individual or group activity pursued for exercise or pleasure, often involving the testing of physical capabilities and taking the form of a competitive game such as football, tennis… etc’. The key elements of that definition being the first eleven words, in particular the word ‘often’.

Darts ticks the boxes for the first part of that definition and then it branches into the part about physical limits which is optional as far as sport goes. The argument that a bunch of fat guys drinking and throwing stuff at a board just doesn’t hold up. This ‘bunch of fat guys’ spend hours on end practising a game they enjoy (another part of the definition) to get to that level.

If you don’t think Darts is a sport, get a board and some darts and see how good you are. It’s not just a sport, it is one of the most skillful and precise, and it’s a game of inches and millimetres. It has all the same characteristics of the big sports that are loved worldwide and it’s no coincidence that Darts is an international game.

Most notable of those characteristics is the unbeatable atmosphere that you get at the Darts. Obviously, the bigger the competition, the better the buzz but if you sit down even just for an hour around Christmas time when the World Darts Championship takes centre stage on Sky Sports, you will see some of the most entertained and entertaining audiences in any game.

Secondly is the money. Only the big sports can get the big sponsorship deals and the big television rights deals and Darts is right up there with some of the so-called big leagues in football and on an even keel with Cricket, Tennis etc.

Last but not least is that it’s a game. That is all sports are, they are games. If you don’t like, don’t get hung up on it. Focus on your interests rather than disputing someone else’s.

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Is Darts Really A Sport
August 28, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

Is Darts Really A Sport

It’s hard not to love the carnival atmosphere that surrounds the big Darts competitions but in this era, there is nothing that goes unscrutinised by the neigh-sayers. A lot would tell you that Darts isn’t a ‘real sport’ just because you might have a few larger sized gentlemen on stage throwing a little dart at a board over and over.

Collins’ English Dictionary defines sport as ‘an individual or group activity pursued for exercise or pleasure, often involving the testing of physical capabilities and taking the form of a competitive game such as football, tennis… etc’. The key elements of that definition being the first eleven words, in particular the word ‘often’.

Darts ticks the boxes for the first part of that definition and then it branches into the part about physical limits which is optional as far as sport goes. The argument that a bunch of fat guys drinking and throwing stuff at a board just doesn’t hold up. This ‘bunch of fat guys’ spend hours on end practising a game they enjoy (another part of the definition) to get to that level.

If you don’t think Darts is a sport, get a board and some darts and see how good you are. It’s not just a sport, it is one of the most skillful and precise, and it’s a game of inches and millimetres. It has all the same characteristics of the big sports that are loved worldwide and it’s no coincidence that Darts is an international game.

Most notable of those characteristics is the unbeatable atmosphere that you get at the Darts. Obviously, the bigger the competition, the better the buzz but if you sit down even just for an hour around Christmas time when the World Darts Championship takes centre stage on Sky Sports, you will see some of the most entertained and entertaining audiences in any game.

Secondly is the money. Only the big sports can get the big sponsorship deals and the big television rights deals and Darts is right up there with some of the so-called big leagues in football and on an even keel with Cricket, Tennis etc.

Last but not least is that it’s a game. That is all sports are, they are games. If you don’t like, don’t get hung up on it. Focus on your interests rather than disputing someone else’s.

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