Are Sports a Fandom?

Well, the Olympics are in full swing. I personally haven’t been watching them, mainly because I haven’t watched the Olympics since 2004, and the last time I watched a major sports event based in Rio (the 2014 World Cup), it didn’t end the way I wanted it to end. I’m sorry, but Brazil totally paid the refs. Colombia should’ve won.

Sorry, where was I? Yes. The Olympics.

[Side note: I was also disappointed with last night’s game. (USA vs Colombia, Women’s Soccer; USA won. For perspective, sports fans, imagine your favorite NFL team being beaten by a local high school team.)]

To be honest, I’ve had a pretty love-hate relationship with sports. I like the idea of people coming together to compete, especially when it’s a global event, like the Olympics or the World Cup. But, at the same time, I feel like sports are something that is taken way too seriously, and there is too much cultural emphasis on it. I’m sure many of you can agree.

I realized, recently, that sports, were it a fandom, would be one of the most complicated ones of them all.

Think about it. It’s been running longer than Doctor Who, is aired on more channels than Star Trek, and has a global fanbase for some sports. Instead of conventions, they have the playoffs and finals. Just as we have ThinkGeek and Hot Topic, they have entire stores dedicated to sports jerseys and paraphernalia.

But is it a fandom?

I believe no. Fandoms typically spring up from fiction; sports fans arise from fact. However, I believe that sports should be respected as though it were another fandom, because the similarities between the two are striking.

Make what you will of it. I just thought this would be timely.

(And, for the record, I am Team USA, just in everything but soccer.)

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