Originally Posted by Aleajactaest
I'm not the one who is deluded. If you think professional sports is about anything but entertainment, you're dreaming.
It starts with fake college sports which abuse the athletes, leave the dereft of an education and all to prime the pump for the boosters. How else do you justify a professor making $100K while the coaches make millions.
The UCI has been completely co-opted by the ASO who drive the entire sport based on what the entertainment value is.
FWIW, I'd prefer the sport without doping as the human stories are more compelling but the value as entertainment doesn't change just the results.
Earlier in the thread lostintime said that the power of drugs comes from the belief in them and that removing the belief is the solution. How would you do that? (assuming it is true, which I dispute as the tests indicate they have actual performance value)
Your irrational ramble makes no sense whatsoever. Any professional sport is about competition. The goal is to win. Unfortunately too many athletes cheat to do that. How is winning by cheating entertainment?
Sure there may be some entertainment value in a sporting event full of cheats, but once the cheating is exposed it devalues sport, it denigrates the athletes, and provides no entertainment value whatsoever.
For example would you go back and watch tape of the 1999 Tour de Farce, LA's first win for its entertainment value. I doubt it and if you did you would be daft.
To suggest that College sports are fake is aburd. I played level I basketball for three years at University and I can assure you we did not go onto the court to "entertain" the fans. We went out there to win. If the fans got some entertainment value from that it was incidental.