spectator sport

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spectator sport

1. A sport that is watched by an audience, such as football or baseball. My favorite spectator sport is ice hockey, what's yours?
2. By extension, something other than sports that people watch without participating in. The Democratic and Republican National Conventions turn the presidential election into a spectator sport. Gym class is not a spectator sport! Stand up and start participating.
See also: sport
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The Cronbach's alpha of the spectator sport attitude questions was 0.
However, there was no difference in the spectator sport attitudes between American and Korean respondents (see Table 1).
The tragedy of all this is that this cult of voting and fine distinctions (and often ``personality'' as well) takes the energy of ordinary citizens, which, combined, can be a powerful force, and depletes it in the spectator sport of voting.
In the spectator sports industry, for example, there are many more workers on the sidelines than on the field.
Other occupations with significant employment in the spectator sports industry include food preparation and service workers, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, and janitors and cleaners.
The "us versus them" orientation of the Drake Group is troubling, however--that the university must combat the spectator sports that will surely destroy it.
A natural and clear divide exists between the spectator sports that attract wide attention--sports such as football at institutions that compete in the major Division I athletic conferences--and all other college sports.
With few exceptions, these pages are filled with stories and statistics about spectator sports, yet rarely have more than a brief item or perhaps a weekly column about a category of sports activity that attracts more consumer spending than all the spectator sports combined.
The Spectator Sports Industry report, published annually, contains timely and accurate industry statistics, forecasts and demographics.
The Spectator Sports Industry report features 2007 current and 2008 forecast estimates on the size of the industry (sales, establishments, employment) for the 47 largest world countries.