If you think about it enough, questions about sports would fit into other forums. Headline News and Casual Conversation come to mind. Education might work if the question has to do with higher education supporting sports teams.
With all due respect, doesn't this argument fit every topic for debate? Why have any subforums at all then? On the contrary, with no sub-forum for sports I believe there is less a chance for this kind of debate to take place. Its a subtle way of saying....sports discussion not welcome here.
I voted no, selfishly for the reason that the dominant professional US sports are different from the ones I like, so it's be no more use to me than would a chocolate fireman.
I understand but i'm not sure I agree. First, there are many euros that debate here so you probably would have at least a few topics here and there to debate about. Also, a new sports debate subforum might bring more folks keen to your favorite sports to the site.
Debating sports nationally can be more partisan, vicious and ripe for flame wars than even political debate.
Can be? Sure. But if you are trying to state that sports discussions are more contentious on average than the average political debate, I couldn't disagree with you more. Sports debates can get vigorous but there's a reason for the quote "never debate politics or religion".
You would think there would be many sites which does what ad.gif does. There are not. We Americans have our priorities. Civil debate of sports is valued but such for politics civility is not expected and supported. I guess public policy is not as entertaining nor easy.
I personally haven't made much of an effort to find other "quality" debate sites. I will take your word for it there aren't many. I just wonder though...if they are so hard to find, why wouldn't the participants here want to encourage more like minded people to join? Certainly restricting what can be debated must tend to dampen the enthusiasm of new particpants to join in.
As you might have guessed by now, I voted yes.
From a purely selfish standpoint I think that it would be interesting to debate something that I am interested in and can more easily relate to than say... yet another political food fight debate.
From the standpoint of growing the site, a small subforum devoted to sports debate can't help but bring in more participants that currently lurk only or who stumble upon the site looking for a place to debate steroid use in baseball and stay to debate Health Care (for example).
I'm a bit taken aback that folks are voting no so quickly. What harm does having this type of subforum bring to the site? It certainly lends itself to debate with very hot topics and is a large part of our society in general. As ZeeSaga mentioned there are debate forums for science, health and medicine,environmental, media, and business. Certainly sports is AT LEAST as conducive to debate as these topics?
Its just my opinion of course, but if the site is called America's Debate and it already covers a wide range of topics....why wouldn't it cover a topic that tens of millions of americans have a connection to?