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greg dahlen

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Let's create a sport men and women are equally good at so they can compete together.

Nowadays most sports are segregated. Men's basketball, women's basketball; men's swimming, women's swimming; men's track, women's track. Could there be a sport we could do equally well so we could compete/play together at the highest level?

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  • Mar 19 2013: You may be onto something there.
    The whole goal of having men and women compete together may be less difficult than we all thought at first...
    Another part-solution might be to "classify" a sport's competitors according to height & weight. In some sports, that might even out the playing field (oh, sorry!).
    Two other problem I haven't seen addressed are the issues of market-share and jobs for the athletes.
    Sports with two elite divisions (one for men and one for women) generate more revenue than just one elite division would, presumably. So to give up that incremental revenue might be tough.
    Next, if there's only one elite division in a sport, there may well end up being fewer spots for athletes to compete at the top level, whether women or men. That would need to be addressed as well.
    For both those issues, it's easy to see some quick fixes, but it would take some effort to iron out the details.
    What does everyone think?
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      Mar 25 2013: Well, thanks for replying, Warrick. I wish I had more time to think about your idea of "classifying" competitors as to height and weight, but this conversation is closing soon. I would tend to think it might make things a little too complicated, that when we play sports we want to go at it fairly quickly, without too many weigh-ins and such, that's why we call it "play." As I say, I wish I had more time.

      My idea was inspired by walking by a schoolyard and seeing the girls playing in one area and the boys in another. It seemed a little sad, like it separated the sexes too much.

      It sure seems like it'd be fun to turn on the TV and watch a game of basketball where three of the players on each team were women, and two men.

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