Watching sports live is better than watching sports on television. Despite all the negatives involved with attending a live sporting event, the experience of being there live is always much better.
What makes watching sports live better than watching on TV?
The best thing about watching sports live is being in contact with other fans. In a two-sided game such as hockey or football, cheering-or jeering-at the same time as thousands of other people, actually making your voice heard, and being part of the roar that rises through the stadium or arena is what it’s all about.
In sporting events with individual competitors, the crowd is divided up more, but there is still a feeling that comes from being part of a group with a common goal.
Hanging out with the other fans at a game or tournament also involves tailgating, which is an experience you just can’t duplicate watching TV. Even a game party at home, or at a sports bar doesn’t come close. Hot dogs and burgers on the grill, beer, footballs and Frisbees flying through the air, music blaring, razzing fans from the opposing team; these are some of the best things about tailgating at a sporting event.
Another thing that makes watching sports live better than watching on TV is all the extras you get when you’re there in person: pre-game warm-ups, pre-game entertainment, halftime shows. Unless it’s a really big game, you don’t see these things on television when you’re watching the game. You get commercials.
No commercials is another benefit of being at a game or tournament as opposed to watching on TV. While the television is showing commercials most people don’t care about, something’s going on at the game. Either the cheerleaders are doing their thing, or a giveaway’s going on, or a mascot’s entertaining the crowd, but there’s always something.
The opportunity for autographs and pictures is something you just can’t get from the television, making it another reason watching sports live is better than watching sports on TV. If you’re a collector, autographs and pictures, as well as some of the things given away at games such as bobble heads, clothing, magnets, etc. are what you want, and you don’t get them unless you’re there in person.
If you’re a really fortunate fan, you might even be lucky enough to catch a foul ball or have a football thrown your way, something you definitely don’t get by watching a game on TV.
Other things that make live sports better than watching on television are screaming at the top of your lungs, high-fiving and hugging strangers, waving signs, and for some, the opportunity to be on television, if the camera happens to span your part of the crowd.
So yes, there are some negatives to watching sports live, like the (sometimes exorbitant) cost, crowds, traffic, noise, getting beer spilled on you, standing in (sometimes longer than can be believed) line for the bathroom, but that’s all part of the sports experience. And at least for this fan, those are what make watching sports live so very much better than watching sports on TV.