I Don't Watch Sports on TV, But I Love a Good Sports Doc

Sunday, February 3, 2019
With Super Bowl 53 being played tonight, this will mark the third time I have ever tuned in to watch the "big game", and honestly, it is mostly because I have to watch the ads for a marketing class. Very rarely do I watch sports on television. A couple football or basketball games at family functions, half of the final game of the 2015 Women's World Cup and all seven hours and twenty minutes Game 3 of the 2018 World Series in full. The Olympics are an exception to this, as I will watch as much as I can. But for some reason, watching sports on tv isn't a regular occurrence for me.
One part of it is that I don't really know all of the rules to most sports. So I don't know if there were bad calls made, or a team made a stupid move or a miraculous one, and that is a part of the joy of watching sports.
Another, and probably the biggest hinderance, is the ads. So. Many. Commercial. Breaks. Why they decided cutting to commercial every three minutes was the best game plan for that I have no idea. It interrupts the momentum of the game, and it is hard for me to care about what is going on when my attention is constantly being diverted from the action. They should take the hint from soccer broadcasts, let the quarter play in full, and have a longer than average ad break. It'll be great for fans, and more importantly, probably better for the athletes. The constant stopping and starting is most likely not helpful for athletes and the rates of injury among players.
With all of that said, I love a good sports documentary. The drama, betrayal, joy, and tragedy of sports. I have watched practically all of ESPN's 30 for 30's and love SBNation's YouTube channel. A lot of the time, I am being introduced to the people and events for the first time. And I cannot imaging how much better my viewing experience might be if I had the context of being a sports fan when watching, especially if it was about my team or my favorite player.

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