TV & Entertainment

Watching Sports: TV or In Person?

People who know me well wouldn’t be remotely surprised to hear me point out that watching sports is not something you’re likely to find me doing on the weekend.

No, friends, I’m not much of a sports fan.

When I was in high school, I’d attend the football games, but that was mostly because of the fun my friends and I would have in the stands. The game wasn’t even secondary by comparison.

As a television employee, I attended one game — the tail end of a game — between the University of South Carolina, my alma mater, and Clemson, it’s chief rival. My sole function at that game, which I arrived for towards the start of the final quarter, was to take a tape from our sports reporter who was shooting off-shoulder on the sidelines and run it to the live truck parked outside the stadium so the reporter could continue shooting with a second tape he had and so that our editor could immediately begin editing in the truck with the first tape.

Yes, this was before today’s technology.

As a fan, I attended one and only one USC game. (That’s the University of South Carolina, thank you.) I sat at a game at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. I attended that game with my best friend, and I’m glad I attended it. Being able to spend time with your best friend is always good.

I just don’t understand why people enjoy watching a game from the stands.

I really don’t.

The rare times I watch a game — and if I watch any sport, it’s football — I’d prefer watching from home.

From the comfort of my living room.

So that I can see those instant replays.

So that I can see those cool camera shots that almost seem to put me right into the huddle and shows me, far better than I could ever see from the stands, what actually happened.

What about you? If you prefer watching sports from the stands instead of from the comfort of your own climate-controlled living room, why is that?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.