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 Posted: Tue Jan 26th, 2021 04:51 am
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Let's assume that life is normal and that COVID never happened...

What would you rather do: attend a live sporting event or watch the sporting event on TV? Are there any sporting events that you just gotta experience live? Are there any sporting events that are better enjoyed on TV?

Personally, I prefer sitting at home and watching sports on TV. It is much cheaper and I don't have to deal with the obnoxious drunks in the crowd. I have attended NFL, MLB, NHL, minor league baseball, professional lacrosse, NASCAR (Richmond), NCAA basketball, NCAA football, and a couple others live and none of the experiences were good enough to justify the cost and hassle of attending.

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Baseball and Basketball I think I rather attend in person.
Everything else I rather watch on TV.



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Baseball in person, and everything else on TV. I'm willing to give up the convenience of being able to piss when I want to and eat nacho's that don't cost $12.00 to watch a game of baseball.



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I enjoy going to a couple of baseball games a year, but that’s all I need. I think it was the 2012 season or so I had a partial season ticket plan and went to a couple of dozen games and it was too much. Going straight from work to the game, getting home close to midnight, dealing with extreme heat or rain, sitting through the occasional 3 1/2 hour 10-0 game without being able to fast forward, dealing with crowds - it’s all far less enjoyable to me than DVR’ing the games and watching it on a delay in the comfort of my own home with my 80” TV and the ability to fast forward, pause, get a snack whenever I want, etc.

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srossi wrote: I enjoy going to a couple of baseball games a year, but that’s all I need. I think it was the 2012 season or so I had a partial season ticket plan and went to a couple of dozen games and it was too much. Going straight from work to the game, getting home close to midnight, dealing with extreme heat or rain, sitting through the occasional 3 1/2 hour 10-0 game without being able to fast forward, dealing with crowds - it’s all far less enjoyable to me than DVR’ing the games and watching it on a delay in the comfort of my own home with my 80” TV and the ability to fast forward, pause, get a snack whenever I want, etc.
Before kids and moving to the burbs, I had a season ticket plan for a few years for the White Sox.  I split it with another guy.  We each took 41 games, but we attended a few together.  You just described my life though.  In 2006 and 2007, I went to 42 games each season.  I still don't know how I was able to do it.  Generally we tried to split the tickets up so they weren't back to back nights, but there were some homestands where I went to three games in a row.  At some point, it was no longer fun, it was like running a marathon.  Would go straight to the game after work, come home, wife was asleep already, get up early and repeat.  The tickets were too expensive to waste.    It was also a pain to try to get someone to attend with me (we had two seats), especially those cold night in April and May.
Tried the 13 or 14 game package for a few years after that - basically had every Sunday home game (usually afternoon games), and that was a lot better.  Still had something to look forward to.
Last 7 years, basically just go to a few games a year.  As I get older, I don't want to be around other people acting stupid.  You go to that many games, and you see a lot of stupid shit.   I don't mind watching at home at this point with HD, being able to pause the game on DVR to run upstairs and get a drink or take a call.  It's just too convenient, and you don't have to deal with traffic.

That said, we've been trying to his other stadiums on summer baseball trips, and that it definitely fun.



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Personally, I prefer sitting at home and watching sports on TV. It is much cheaper and I don't have to deal with the obnoxious drunks in the crowd. 

This for exactly the same reason. You can also add the hassle of parking to that.



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When I was a kid I liked going to Jays games in person. I would walk 3 blocks and get a Streetcar that took me right to Exhibition Stadium. You could get bleacher seats at one of the local Grocery stores for $1. So for @ $5 I could get to/from the game and buy some food at the game. This was early 80's.

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Watch on TV by far.



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DJP wrote: Big Garea Fan wrote
Personally, I prefer sitting at home and watching sports on TV. It is much cheaper and I don't have to deal with the obnoxious drunks in the crowd. 

This for exactly the same reason. You can also add the hassle of parking to that.

Same.  It was never much fun going to the old Winnipeg Arena to watch the Jets and have to piss in a trough.

The atmosphere was great though, back in the day, and sort of still is, the last time I went to a Jets game at MTS Centre. This is a hockey crazy town where people in the stands are actually watching the game , not through their phones but with their eyes.

Same for Blue Bomber games as the atmosphere has always been great even if the new stadium is a bit of a white elephant. Parking there is a major hassle.

And there was nothing like going to the Winnipeg Arena for AWA cards but once the WWF came in you could see the change in the fan base and the excitement level.

Loved the times I was in Montreal for the Habs or the Expos and a memory I'll have forever is being in Montreal in 1972 and going to the Canada-Russia game with my uncle and a couple of his buddies.  Far preferred watching the Expos live at Jarry Park over the few games I've seen the Blue Jays play at Skydome. Again an atmosphere thing and though I was younger the fans seemed more into the game at Jarry Park for the Expos whereas at Skydome it seemed to me many "fans" were more there to be "seen" being there than any interest in the game itself.

I've only been to one Oakland Raider game live in my life but it was electric in the stands and people there definitely put the "fan" in fanatic.

But ultimately if you've got a good TV it's far better cost wise and aggravation wise to just sit at home and watch. Plus from home on game days, whatever sport, you can check out multiple games at a time.     



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TV. I worked in sports media for near two decades. I can't stand to sit in a crowd of fans.



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The live experience is fun if you’ve got a good home crowd but you really can’t beat the convenience we have with HDTV and DVRs, and like many mentioned no traffic or lines for food or bathrooms.


That said, totally different conversation but you just cannot replicate a live concert. I’ll take an outdoor concert on a warm summer evening with overpriced ice cold beer any day.



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I just wish they had more audio options on TV broadcasts of games so you could have a "Crowd noise only" option. Announcers are mostly self-important, smartest kid in the room idiots, and I have zero use for any of them. If I could just watch the game with the noise of the crowd (when there are crowds), it would be perfect. The mute button isn't the same.

The old big dishes used to have a way to tune the audio so crowd noise was all you heard, but I don't find that option exists on any of the TV stuff I've had over the years since then.

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I prefer to attend games live because you get more of the atmosphere and I find it easier to concentrate on the game.

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NFL on TV.

MLB or other baseball in person.



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