I live in an area that is obsessed with sports

@dragon54u (31298)
United States
March 14, 2010 9:26am CST
I have HAD IT with sports!!! I live in Ohio and the media here is obsessed with every type of sport there is. I like to listen to the radio while I work here or on my articles and today there is nothing but sports or a computer advice program--and on that channel that has the computer advice they are advertising a sports talk program that will cut it short. I can't even watch the evening news on the weekends because it will probably be pre-empted or delays by the end of a game. Basketball, hockey, football, baseball, skateboarding competitions--high school, college or professional, it's all the same to them. Sports almost 24/7, you can find it on any station whether it's radio or TV. I would not mind one station, everyone deserves to listen or watch what they want if it is offered but here they FLOOD the media with sports, sports, sports!!!! Even my television shows start late or not at all due to some stupid game. Since I TiVo (tape) everything, I get a lot of unpleasant surprises and am left hanging quite often. No matter the season, there are sports to ruin my enjoyment and intrude on my day. Sorry, I just had to rant, I couldn't take it anymore and needed to get this out. If it's not a game, they're taking up the airwaves talking about sports. Does anyone else feel the same way?
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
14 Mar 10
that's why I like cable - I can find stations with no sports
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@bunnybon7 (32489)
• Holiday, Florida
14 Mar 10
i also have cable and it does no good if theres something supposed to be on you really want to see and sports takes it over
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
15 Mar 10
My problem is I'm mostly a radio person, at least from 7am-6pm.
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
15 Mar 10
I listen to audio books You can find them as downloads or at the library
@GardenGerty (90029)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Mar 10
I think there needs to remain a choice, to have sports tv and radio on some stations and others that have regular entertainment. I am not interested in sports on TV or radio. I do enjoy the in person types of sports. I better. I am now doing security at some sporting events in an arena. I have watched state highschool 4A basketball championship competitions all week. Next week it is National Junior College competition. In person is okay. I do not want it all taking over the airwaves.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
15 Mar 10
It takes over the airwaves here. Watching them in person isn't the same has having the radio taken over because you're there by choice, whether it's working or enjoying the game.
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@GardenGerty (90029)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Mar 10
When it is electronic I just do not buy into it. It does not cause the same adrenaline rush.
@bunnybon7 (32489)
• Holiday, Florida
14 Mar 10
i sure do! i also have a dvr and lots of times i miss part of a show because of sports,. they do the same way here. its still obviously very much a mans world!! Bones was usually over run by sports and now i dont even know if its on any more as i think that channels about all sports now
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@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
14 Mar 10
My cable won't take off any channel that doesn't show sports for sports - they know we'd be storming the office if they did. There are the local stations and the sports stations and even the local news station doesn't preempt stuff for sports - they do for severe weather - that and local emergencies are about all that will do that.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
15 Mar 10
If I want to watch 60 minutes, I have to set it to stop recording an hour after the show ends--then I MIGHT get the whole thing!
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
14 Mar 10
Hi Dragon if you lived in Europe it would be the same thing. You will be watching soccer (football) programmes. In Italy there are so many programmes that you can watch soccer programmes all week long. The pre matches, the game itself and the after match. Soccer is really a big thing in Europe. So if you are not into it better have a dvd of your favourite soap opera and switch it on :) Since I am a football lover I dont mind it at all. I do zap from one channel to another to find a suitable programme to my liking.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I think going overboard on anything is not healthy and certainly not in the public interest. But I realize that the media does what makes them the most money and also what the majority of their audience demands. Football, soccer--bah!
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
14 Mar 10
I have to follow Serie A (Italian soccer) because of my part time job updating soccer results and news online. though I must admit football is my passion and I don't mind wathcing it all day long. As you have said balance is needed in life.... That's why we have two sets of tv. I can watch what I want on mine and my better half can watch her favourite programmes on the other tv. LOL
@pandaeyes (2068)
15 Mar 10
Here it is very similar. Now that we have more than 3 tv channels it is easier to avoid it on the weekends. When I was young my father would watch horse racing,wrestling ,cricket and football all day. Our radio choice isn't quite so obsessively sports directed although when we have the Olympics it will be everywhere again. I do like sport but not at the cost of all else.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
15 Mar 10
I don't mind sports, I know people enjoy watching and listening to games. But when it takes over everything, that's when I object. I did enjoy watching some of the Olympics.
@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
15 Mar 10
Do what I do, turn off the radio and the TV and put on a CD.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
15 Mar 10
I should, but I'm a news junkie!
@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
14 Mar 10
Sometimes it seems like everyone around here is sports obsessed, especially during certain times of the year. I just start listening to music instead. I guess I've become very used to it, because that's just how it is around here. It was like this in my high school too.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
15 Mar 10
I like to keep up on current events, I'm a news junkie.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
14 Mar 10
YES! I was born and raised in Baltimore, home of the Orioles and the Colts, until we lost the Colts and acquired the Ravens. Of course, we had all those others, too, like hockey, basketball, etc. The last job I had in-house had about 400 employees in our building. The guys were always complaining about how expensive it was to go to the games yet they continued to buy the tickets and go. I got so fed up with hearing this that I finally suggested that the boycott ALL the games until the ticket prices came down to a reasonable level. Those players earn WAY too much money. It has gotten insane. They keep getting offered more and more, too, just to feed their egos. Some make millions a year to play a GAME and the season is only six months a year! It's so screwed up. When the soldiers who keep us safe, the policemen and the firemen get paid so much less than men chasing a ball around a field, something is really wrong with our society. That started me hating sports. I believe in fairness before anything else and it's not fair that the sports players earn so much money when those who truly deserve more don't get it. Also, with the economy in the toilet and these sports figures STILL earning those outrageous salaries, it makes it even more despicable in my eyes. I wholeheartedly agree that one sports station on the radio and one channel on TV is plenty.
@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
15 Mar 10
The reasoning is that sports is a limited time career as your body wears out sooner than other peoples'. Still, there is such a thing as a second career. It's impossible to take a family to a game anymore, at least for the average person and that's pretty sad. I remember going to baseball games as a child and having a great time--today, who can afford it?
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
14 Mar 10
That is what happens when you live in Texas! The state is so big there is sports coverage every were! I wouldn't mind it becuase I am a sports fan! I live in Wisconsin and there isn't a day that doesn't go by you don't hear something on the Green Bay Packers! The Packers are the top team in the state! I love sports!
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
15 Mar 10
You'd love it here! They should change the state's name to SportsHeaven!
@coffeegurl (1471)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Well, we have the Orlando magic here, but that's all. It's not like Gainseville with gator country.
@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
15 Mar 10
We have OSU football and basketball and it takes over everything here, then you have high school sports that are all over the newspaper and radio.
@fattymc (141)
14 Mar 10
I've got problems with people who have obsessions, but not with people who just watch mildly. Just so you know the Disabled Olympics are now on. Lately, there have been many major sport events. I cannot stand people who obsessively talk about sports. I just talk a little bit about them.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I don't mind sports but don't like to be inundated with them in every form of media. Even my local newspaper has sports on the front page when there is so much other news that is more important.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I think the difference between sports obsessions in the north and sports obsession in the south is that in the north, it seems like everything is broadcast on radio and television.... on a local, regional, and national level.... It seems that only the smaller towns in the north are as fanatical about decorating and celebrating their hometown heroes on so many different levels.. it's like having a spoonful of baby food shoved down your throat - Gag! When I lived in Alabama, people there were fanatical as well! Crimson tide stuff EVERYWHERE you turned, but I can only seem to recall the college sports being pushed so heavily on the news/tv/media in general, despite the fact that everyone and their brother and their brother's kids were into high school and little league sports of some kind. I can't recall ever seeing little league events or non-championship high school sports being broadcast into the media.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
14 Mar 10
It's really crazy here. Today, instead of being able to listen to public affairs broadcasting or news-talk, I'm listening to 1920's music because all three of the major radio stations I can get are broadcasting sports and sports talk or sermons.
• Romania
14 Mar 10
Sports are cool, why don't you like them? If you wish to watch the news on TV, I'm sure there are special news channels on TV (like CNN).
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Those of us who don't enjoy listening to and watching sports should not have our radio stations full of them at the expense of other programs. Now, I realize that if the public didn't want this it would not be so but there has to be SOME people here that aren't obsessed with them! When the few shows that I enjoy are interrupted, delayed or shoved aside altogether because of a stupid game I'm very resentful. There are sports channels for that! I don't begrudge people their sports viewing and listening but not at my expense. I don't watch CNN, by the way, because they are biased. I don't watch much TV at all.
• Boston, Massachusetts
30 Mar 10
Hi Dragon, That's ridiculous. Maybe i will be irate if it will happen in our country. i have not experience that yet. but i do understand what you feel. i feel bad watching the fight of manny pacquiao for boxing but commercials took over the air longer than the fight. so, how much more listening to all news everywhere in all stations.
@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
30 Mar 10
I am fortunate enough to have the ability to record so I can skip past commercials on the television. It certainly seems as if there is more commercial content than entertainment these days!
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• Boston, Massachusetts
31 Mar 10
that's good. so instead of being irate you have the strategy to continue on. enjoy wathing and listening on to your favorite shows. cheers and have a great day!