any sport that can be watched by spectators, as football or basketball, usually for a fee.
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How to use spectator sport in a sentence
In competition for readers increasingly interested in spectator sports like baseball and boxing, Pulitzer hired a “sporting editor” and created a separate sports section for the New York World.The century-plus history fueling the college football coaching carousel | Andrew McGregor | December 20, 2021 | Washington Post
The limit on indoor spectator sports will be 250 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less, up from 100.D.C. and Md. say they are clearing vaccine waitlists as outreach efforts expand | Lola Fadulu, Jenna Portnoy | April 22, 2021 | Washington Post
Watching the Dow is a terrific spectator sport, and you can be sure that more than a few bottles of Champagne will be uncorked when we get a 30K Dow.Watching the Dow is fun — but it’s not the real story | Allan Sloan | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
These days, authoritative feminist discourse is no longer just a spectator sport.The Perils of Glitzy Celebrity Feminism Having a Moment | Amy Zimmerman | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“This is not a gymnasium or spectator sport,” Ingram warned.Despite Intimidation, Alleged Victim Testifies Against Accused Rapist | Allison Yarrow | December 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fight, our oldest spectator sport, isn't any fun when rooting for either side feels wrong.
All the feel-good camaraderie didn't leave much room for everyone's favorite spectator sport: Oscar bashing.
In many ways, the armed conflict ended up trivialized, another soap opera or spectator sport.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for spectator sport
a sport that attracts more people as spectators than as participants
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