CBS Survivor: Is It a Sport?

Jody WagnerContributor ISeptember 17, 2009

UNITED STATES - JUNE 03:  CBS sports photo sign near the 10th green during the third round of The Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club, June 3, 2006, in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Survivor Samoa starts tonight! Woooohoooo!  I've been waiting and waiting for it!

Today, I asked myself a question that I don't know if I can answer:  Is Survivor a sport?

At first the question seems silly.  A reality TV show, the king of reality TV shows a sport? Come on.  But then I started to think about it. 

It's hard to argue against it being a sport. What is a "sport?"

Sport: An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.

Well, that certainly does not disqualify Survivor from being a sport. 

Is there a winner and a loser in Survivor?—Yes.

Is Survivor "competitive?"—Yes.  It gets downright nasty at times.

Now for the big question, is it an athletic activity?—I say yes. 

One has to physically survive the game by winning many athletic challenges and by physically enduring the hardships of the game such as hunger and the strain of the physical challenges in the game.

Past Physical Challenges

1. Swimming Puzzle Challenge
2. Bikini's and Body Slams Challenge
3. Ladder Challenge
4. Coconut Ball Challenge

Those are very physical challenges that are a part of the game.  So you have to say that the game requires physical prowess and skill.

I'm scratching my head. One can definitely argue that Survivor is a sport.

Come on ESPN, you show a spelling bee and poker, let's see some Survivor coverage!

When will Canton open up a Survivor Hall of Fame?


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