[CQ-Contest] "College recruiting gamers as athletes "

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Sun Jun 29 01:17:32 EDT 2014

noun: *athlete*; plural noun: *athletes*
a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.


Competitive/professional gaming is called Esports.

noun: *sport*; plural noun: *sports*
an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual 
or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Using a golf club or a joystic/controller is physical.

Web definitions
Electronic sports is a term for organized video game competitions, 
especially between professionals. Other terms include competitive 
gaming, professional gaming, and cybersport. ...

Esports is getting bigger and bigger every years.  Some guys make some 
serious $$$ playing video games.

If a college can profit off it, they will and they will soon offer 
scholarships etc.  It is about the money nothing else.

Mike W0MU

On 6/28/2014 3:32 PM, David Gilbert wrote:
> Radiosport and video games are, however, competition ... with both of 
> them having elements that are every bit as intense as any athletic 
> competition.  I fully agree that gamers and contesters are not 
> "athletes" per se, but I think I could argue pretty solidly that 
> colleges and universities originally created athletic scholarships to 
> promote competition far more than they did pure athletics (fitness, 
> etc).  If we were to think of these scholarships in that context it 
> wouldn't sound like nonsense at all.
> Not that I expect that radiosport would ever qualify for scholarship 
> consideration.  There isn't enough general interest in what we do for 
> anybody to pay to watch us do it while video games, on the other hand, 
> are reaching that point.  In places like Korea it is already a very 
> large spectator sport with top tier players earning upwards of a 
> hundred thousand dollars per year and having rock star status. I'm 
> pretty sure that nobody bid on the streaming video rights for WRTC 
> this year ....
> 73,
> Dave   AB7E
> On 6/28/2014 12:46 PM, Mike Baker wrote:
>> Because it's nonsense. Being a gamer or contester doesn't make you an
>> athlete.
>> Mike, NT6X
>> If they can do it for this, why not radiosporting, which is, as everyone
>> should-but-does-not know, was the worlds First Massive Multiplayer
>> Online Game.
>> 73,
>> Steve
>> NN4X
>> By John Keilman, Tribune reporter
>> 11:01 p.m. CDT, June 23, 2014
>> The idea came to Kurt Melcher, not surprisingly, when he was online
>> searching for video games.
>> Melcher is associate athletic director at Robert Morris University, a
>> Chicago-based university that gives out 1,400 athletic and activity
>> scholarships across its 10 Illinois campuses as a way of recruiting and
>> retaining students. But it occurred to him that one sport, rapidly
>> growing in popularity, was missing from the scholarship roster.
>> After a little research and the blessing of the university's
>> administration, that's about to change. Robert Morris this fall
>> evidently will be the first school in the country to offer athletic
>> scholarships to students who play the video game "League of Legends."
>> It's a move that seems to stretch the definition of sports and athletes.
>> "It's a team sport," Melcher said. "There's strategy involved. You have
>> to know your role in the game. Obviously it's not cardiovascular in any
>> way, but it's mental. There are elements that go into it that are just
>> like any other sport."
>> [ SNIP ]
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