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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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Hypothesis 2: Given that they have a positive attitude toward spectator sports, self-directive people will be more likely than others would be to form social capital in a community of fans (see Figure 1).
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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.
This category, which I will call "field sports" for want of a better label, also actively involves more people than spectator sports, if you don't count those who watch games on TV.
This emphasis on the Confucian tradition of learning, knowledge, and being a scholar might influence the attitude of individuals toward nonacademic activities such as spectator sports.
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