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How can some people follow so many different sports and competitions?

In the past 6-7 years or so, I've noticed a large amount of people on the internet, mostly guys in their 20s-early 30s, who seem to follow a lot of different sports and competitions. As in, Europeans who watch several different football leagues and competitions and then also watch stuff like cycling, handball, futsal, ice hockey, F! racing, roller hockey, etc. Not always all of them, but you get what I mean. And in addition, some also watch the NBA and maybe also UFC.

Then there's also Americans/Canadians who follow European football in addition to their country's sports. And Australians who follow European football and maybe also an American sport or two in addition with sports that are big in Australia.

Now, I know many sports are seasonal, meaning many of them don't clash with each other in terms of schedules and time of the year they're played. But sports like football(soccer) and basketball have long seasons and lots of games, for example. And people who watch sports and competitions from the other side of the planet also have to either get up very early or go to bed pretty late to watch games.

And yes, I know that "following" doesn't necessarily mean watching every single match or event. I mean, I watch football/soccer but mostly my club(Benfica) and the Euros and World Cups these days. And I always miss games of those. I just don't have as much time or patience to watch a bunch of games every week anymore. So how can so many people follow a lot of sports throughout the year and in addition also have time to study, work, raise a family, play videogames, read books, etc? I'm not even criticising. In fact, I find it rather impressive. How can you master time management like that? And do you not need more than 4-5 hours of sleep per night or something?
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Re: How can some people follow so many different sports and competitions?

One thing about sports is unlike movies, TV and video games, you can leave it on in the background and do other things. You don't have to follow every second and risk missing something pivotal every few minutes.

But the people who are truly invested in multiple sports probably don't have jobs, kids, a wife etc. lol.

I can tell you that playing fantasy sports also keeps you a lot sharper on everything in a particular sport without spending so much time watching every single game.


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One thing about sports is unlike movies, TV and video games, you can leave it on in the background and do other things. You don't have to follow every second and risk missing something pivotal ever few minutes.

But the people who are truly invested in multiple sports probably don't have jobs, kids, a wife etc. lol.

I can tell you that playing fantasy sports also keeps you a lot sharper on everything in a particular sports without spending so much time watching every single game.
I have talked to people online who watch a lot of different sports stuff who had wives and kids. Or gfs. Ofc, I don't go around asking, so I dunno about 90% of the people online who follow a lot of stuff.

Well, we live in an era where more and more people seem to own two different monitors for their computer. Plus, you can easily stream stuff on your mobile phone nowadays so that's another extra screen, I guess.

I guess a lot of people also mostly watch highlights on youtube and social media and then act like they watched the entire game. In football/soccer there's already a term called "watching football through the livescore" for people like that lol
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Re: How can some people follow so many different sports and competitions?

I watch a ton of sports...NCAA Football and NFL, NCAA Basketball and NBA, some MLB, Golf, any Team USA stuff, etc...

I do play Fantasy Football in 2 or 3 different leagues so that does keep me on my toes about a lot in the NFL. I am a Saints fan so I dont miss any of those games. I grew up playing basketball before any other sport so I love watching anything basketball, and then all the other when I get time or if its on tv and I remember it.

My brother has the NFL package so if I need to I go to his house to catch any game I wanna watch for fantasy reasons and I am probably adding the NBA package next year. I only get a game or two a night and would like to watch more. I dont watch many shows on tv so sports is my go to thing I guess.
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Hello I don’t think that is it difficult to follow different sports as even if different sports have overlapping seasons the start times and finish times could be different or you could dip in and out if one sport is all day like cricket or snooker then you can switch between sports.

I watch football (soccer ), Rugby both codes, F1, NFL, Cricket, tennis , Darts , boxing and other sports.

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These days I just watch youtube highlight packages. The NHL, NFL, MLB (somewhat? I don't think they have every game) and MLS release full-game highlights between 5-12 minutes long depending on the sport, showing you most of the major things (NHL doesn't show big hits, injuries or fights, though). The NBA is somehow behind on this but I assume they just gave away their digital rights somewhere and will start doing it once the contracts come up.

I don't know a lot of the secondary players on my favourite teams or the fine details of why and how they're winning (it baffles me that the Canucks are in a wild card spot right now) so it's not like I'm an in-tune fan anymore (NHL-wise I used to know almost every player in the league and generally how each team's roster was supposed to perform, now I barely know some of the star players), but I know just enough to follow along.

Also weekly power rankings give you enough snippets to follow leagues, or in soccer's case, the major clubs (CBSSports does "world club power rankings" instead of league-based rankings, which is crazy helpful)

tl;dr I don't follow anything closely anymore, just utilize the internet to follow things enough to get the picture
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Re: How can some people follow so many different sports and competitions?

it's easy tbh, I follow football (soccer) both locally (Western Sydney Wanderers) and in England (Man Utd), rugby league (Newcastle Knights), NBA (Miami HEAT), NFL (Patriots) and have no problem keeping up with all of them

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it's easy tbh, I follow football (soccer) both locally (Western Sydney Wanderers) and in England (Man Utd), rugby league (Newcastle Knights), NBA (Miami HEAT), NFL (Patriots) and have no problem keeping up with all of them
What do you mean by "keeping up with all of them", exactly? Watching a game occasionally and just reading the news every other day? How do you deal with the time differences?
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I think it depends on how you follow said sports. If you're trying to follow everything to do with that sport I doubt you'll get very far but if you're only following your favourite team from each sport for example there's easily room to follow multiple as there's a hell of a lot less to digest in that regard.
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I follow NHL Hockey and NCAA college football. Everything else is unwatchable for me. NFL has turned into the refs controlling the games. I live in Pittsburgh, so MLB Baseball doesn't exist, neither does the NBA. I don't find the appeal of cars driving in a circle over and over so I don't watch NASCAR.

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