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Why is there no new popular sports????

  • 16-02-2023 12:06am
    Registered Users Posts: 7,047 ✭✭✭

    Every really popular sport we have was invented years ago.

    Soccer, rugby, football, tennis, basketball etc etc

    Have we run out of ideas as humans??


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭OneEightSeven

    MMA will be 30 years old this year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,470 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    true and MMA is really just a hybrid combat sport, nothing too original about it.

    the human mind probably just has ran out of ideas…

    sport has to be enjoyable to watch as well as play…

    some people recognise pigeon racing and pole dancing as sports.

    others see Leithwei as a legitimate sport, you can as per the rules… head butt your opponents.

    Think there are over 800 or 900 recognised sports but good luck inventing another with any connection to reality.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,694 ✭✭✭StupidLikeAFox


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,882 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Quidditch ? . Other than that perhaps making Cork and Laois people run a gauntlet of angry people with hurls . Last one alive wins.

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  • Posts: 4,727 ✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    Could argue the same for music and even film.

    It's not lack of creativity. Just investors etc are more interested in maintaining the status quo.

    Easier to reboot star wars than find the next big thing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭xper

    The idea of codifying sports and organising them at regional, then national and international level largely came about with the Industrial revolution and emergence of large urban populations. Forms of soccer and tennis, for example, had been around for centuries before that. “New sports” had tended to evolve from existing ones as the basic concept moved from one region to another and different group of participants put their own interpretations on it as opposed to being deliberately invented. But once there was a rule book, there would be less tendency for the sport to change as it did so.

    Inevitably, as that widespread organisation started to take place, sports that were already popular and/or got there act together before others have become somewhat entrenched in their national or international stature and there’s either little incentive or ability to push new sports to the fore.

    There are always some exceptions and some sports that rely on more recent actual technical inventions have become at least widely watched if not widely participate in. Motorsport would be an obvious example. And there always seems to be a new way of hurling yourself down a mountain every Winter Olympics

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,916 ✭✭✭Grab All Association

    They renamed it Quadball because the crazies tried to cancel JK Rowling

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,882 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Cool , but any sport involving hitting Cork and Laois people would be a hit 😬

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,339 ✭✭✭corner of hells

    Is it restricted to just Cork and Laois people?

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  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 10,029 Mod ✭✭✭✭artanevilla

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,882 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    No , Galway people too . But Cork and Laois primarily

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,563 ✭✭✭Feisar

    First they came for the socialists...

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,436 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    I played padel a while ago it's pretty cool

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,935 ✭✭✭✭bnt

    E-Sports? Huge in countries such as Taiwan and South Korea, so why not here too?

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 47,843 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    some might say there are too many sports in the world, maybe we should kill some off rather than lamenting there are not enough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,047 ✭✭✭Jinglejangle69

    Anyone here ever experience remembering you started a thread the night before and think what was that all about and what possessed you too open it!!!!!??

  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 10,029 Mod ✭✭✭✭artanevilla

    They have much much larger populations than us.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1 benontario

    While it's true that many of the most popular sports we enjoy today have their origins dating back several years or even centuries, it's important to remember that innovation in sports is ongoing. Here are a few key points to consider:

    1. Evolution of Rules: Even though the basic concepts of sports like soccer or tennis have been around for a long time, the rules and strategies continue to evolve. Rule changes, new tactics, and advancements in equipment constantly refresh the experience.
    2. Emerging Sports: New sports and athletic activities are still being developed. For example, sports like snowboarding and ultimate frisbee are relatively recent creations compared to traditional sports.
    3. Extreme Sports: The rise of extreme sports, such as skateboarding, parkour, and esports, showcases how sports can adapt to changing interests and technologies.
    4. Paralympics: The creation and growth of the Paralympic Games demonstrate an expanding range of sports designed to be more inclusive and accessible.
    5. Innovation in Technology: Technology continues to play a significant role in sports. Innovations like video replay, performance-tracking devices, and data analytics have transformed how athletes and teams prepare and compete.
    6. Cross-Sport Fusion: Some new sports or activities emerge from combining elements of existing sports, creating entirely new experiences.
    7. Local and Niche Sports: Many local and niche sports and games exist worldwide, and they may not have gained widespread popularity but are still enjoyed by communities.

    So, while the foundation of many popular sports is indeed old, human creativity, evolving interests, and technological advancements ensure that sports and athletic pursuits continue to evolve. As long as people are passionate about physical activity and competition, it's unlikely that we've run out of ideas when it comes to sports and recreational activities.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,717 ✭✭✭randd1

    We used to have one in the local village. Basically, you had a track (about 40 yards long and about three yards wide, we used a footpath) along which you had to bowl a tennis ball (we tried using sliothars, but it was just way too unpredictable).

    At the end of the was a patch of grass where we stuck a series of 8 sticks for 7 scoring options between them. The middle one was two tennis balls wide, the ones either side of the middle was three tennis balls wide, the ones outside that was 4 tennis balls, the two outer ones were 5 tennis balls (narrowest in the middle and got wider as you went out). The scoring was 1/2/3/5/3/2/1 if you were looking at it dead on.

    To score, you had to go through the sticks. Go wider of the sticks, bounce back off the sticks, or it goes off the track and you don't score. Individual games were 25 points, team games were 20 points for every teams member (based on the smallest teams numbers).

    We just came up with it out on nowhere, a mixture of various other games, and we just came up with rules and scoring system, and that was it. It often took ages, but we played it during the summer so we had time to kill. Did it for a two summers. It was a grand game, we used to have great craic and great slagging involved, especially on hot days.

    Then the following summer it just disappeared, we didn't bother with it again, soccer, hurling and swimming in the river took over.

    So I can see how games can come out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3 Johnfernandez211

    pickleball is boosting now a days , love this game

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,477 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Calling it Quadball probably means they don't have to infringe copyright or pay royalties?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,095 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

  • Registered Users Posts: 932 ✭✭✭Bobson Dugnutt

    Esports aren’t sports. They are a bunch of dorks sitting around playing computer games.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,106 ✭✭✭sprucemoose

    why is esports in the extreme sports category?

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,477 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 10,029 Mod ✭✭✭✭artanevilla

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,178 ✭✭✭✭Nekarsulm

    Padel is a great sport, anywhere a Court is built it attracts an enthusiastic group of players.

  • Registered Users Posts: 270 ✭✭j2

    Chess boxing and X-Arm

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