For a start, I’m talking here about football. That’s the sport in which 90% of the time the ball is touched by the foot.
The rules of football are that the team who scores the most goals within 90 minutes wins the game, and the other team gets nothing. Traditionally in a league you’d get 3 points for a win, and nothing for a loss.
That’s cool, but sometimes you can play exceptionally well for 89 minutes, be in complete control of the game and have scored a goal, but then there’s one bad referee decision, or one defensive mistake, and the game is drawn, or worse, lost. It’s great if you’re the team who ends up on top, but for the loser there would barely be any difference between that result and if your entire team had pulled up a set of chairs and relaxed until the final whistle. The other team would still get 3 points, and you’d still get nothing.
Not to overthink this, but has football therefore become less of a sport than an art form? The purpose of football nowadays is overwhelmingly to entertain rather than to provide a competitive arena in which to demonstrate one team’s superiority…
Maybe it doesn’t really matter.