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CBS Survivor: Is It a Sport?

By Jody Wagner On September - 17 - 2009

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...

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