spectator sport

noun
any sport that can be watched by spectators, as football or basketball, usually for a fee.

Origin:
1940–45

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spectator sport
 
n
a sport that attracts more people as spectators than as participants

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Main Entry:  spectator sport
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any sport that can would be entertaining for groups of people to watch
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Example sentences
For a few strange years, running a baseball team became a spectator sport.
Golf may be the world's dullest spectator sport, not counting soccer: it takes
  a long time for not much to happen.
Football's simplicity may also have contributed to its popularity as a
  spectator sport.
For some stars, the game is more than a spectator sport.
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