Originally Posted by LabelKing
Of course, some theorists would maintain that large-scale sports events were devised to keep the masses at bay, and generally satisfied; same with religion.
Except that sports are for pure enjoyment and don't have the mind-control element of religion; the fear of losing a game or a bet riding on one is not of the same magnitude as the fear of going to hell.
Certain sports are generally considered to be quite low-brow -- studio wrestling and monster trucks, for instance. Others are considered gentlemen's sports -- polo, golf, etc.
I think it's neither fair nor accurate to generalize about sports fans.