Laurent Perrier

Stop Watching Sports

Watching sports is a waste of time.

Let’s take for hockey for example. There are 84 games in a season and at least 16 playoff matches. That’s over a hundred games per year, and each game clocks in at about 2.5 hours.

That’s a 250-hour commitment.

By comparison, a TV show season is at most 24 episodes of 45 minutes each. That’s a total of 18 hours of entertainment. You can watch 14-30 TV shows instead of watching one hockey team.

Do you watch more than one sport? You might need a calculator to figure out how much time you spend “watching the game”.

But that's not all of it.

Do you ever leave the TV on a little bit longer after a game to watch some of the commentary and locker room interviews? Yea I thought so.

What about sports news highlights? Sports talk radio? Do you read about the game in the newspaper the next day? Do you talk about it with your friends and coworkers? Do you participate in fantasy pools?

Even the most ardent Game of Throne fan doesn't spend that much time consuming collateral content about the show.

And if the the sheer amount of time spent consuming sports content wasn't enough, it also has the lowest amount of transferable knowledge to other areas of your life, and the least likely path from consumer to producer.

What else could you be doing for 90 minutes every day?

June 22, 2019