Sport for spectators is a medium of entertainment. Logically, we viewers should choose a sport that gives us maximum entertainment. Like other Indian kids I grew up watching cricket. Over the years I lost total interest in Cricket. I don’t watch even watch IPL anymore. I agree with George Bernard Shaw, who once famously said, “Cricket is a game played by 11 fools and watched by 11,000 fools”. He had reasons to say that.
First and foremost cricket is time consuming game. A test match takes five days, while a one day game lasts entire day. Even Twenty Twenty game will takes a minimum three hours. Compared to that Football 90 Minutes, and Baseball 120 minutes. So Cricket is a sport watched by people who don’t have sense of time. The transition time between two deliveries by bowlers is too much to experience action. Your misery will be up if the batsman fail to hit the ball or bowler fail to take the wicket. It is often frustrating to watch Cricket.
Since last year I shifted my interest to Basketball, only NBA. The relentless action and entertainment in NBA is unmatchable by any other sport, even football. NBA takes special care for entertainment of TV viewers and spectators. The dance performance by dance team, the slam dunk team and cheerleaders performing are too fun to watch.
The NBA games are action packed and fun filled. It starts from tossing of ball by the referee. The tall basketball players look like supermen. They run between baskets like crazy, while switching position and passing the ball. The high rise monstrous dunks, throwing of threes from downtown, ball stealing and blocking of shots are too surreal to watch. Plenty of times matches are decided in fraction of last second, and matches are very unpredictable. Even best of teams loss to the worsts, and there is where fun is.
NBA basketball games are of 48 minute, but timeouts and free throws extend the game to at least one hour. During the break the hosting club will provide spectators with entertainment. Dances, songs, dunks, music and free distribution of goodies during the breaks make the viewers feel as participants in the game.
One day I plan to watch a NBA game physically. I’m rooting for Oakland(California state) based franchise called Golden State Warriors. They are currently reigning champion and are popular for their high octane game. I’m an Indian but my support to that team is due to Stephen Curry, who is my favourite player and very fun to watch.
Since game telecast time are early morning, I often wake up as early as 4.30 am in the morning to enjoy the fun. The regular season started last week, and I am loving the action. I recently subscribed to NBA streaming, so not to miss the matches I like. Sony Six broadcasts two games daily.