The Top 10 Worst Sports of All Time

For a diehard football fan, there is no better sport in the world to watch and play. The same goes for those who love other sports like cricket, athletics, swimming, etc. But can you imagine a sport that almost everyone hates to watch? 

Apart from the one who actually plays it, there are a few sports activities that do not give jitters to the people, nor are they interested in supporting their players, franchises, or even spend time watching them on their 55” TV screen. 


Care to know which are the worst sports to follow and enjoy:

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Curling
  • Snooker
  • Darts
  • Dressage
  • Cricket (Test)
  • Chess
  • Marathon
  • Nascar
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If you think that fishing is similar to what Jeremy Wade dies in River Monsters, you are mistaken. Referred to as the fine art of casting, trolling, jigging, or spinning while freezing, sweating, swatting, or swearing, this statement aptly clarifies why fishing is boring. 

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Imagine yourself standing on a boat in the middle of the water and then hanging on to a hook supposedly there to help you catch a fish. While some people take a lot of interest in actually going to fish, can you think of watching someone do it? 

Where’s the good in that? Moreover, it is not like people find a lot of great fish these days. The reefs are dying, the fish is exposed to tons of plastic, and the water is getting acidic as we speak. Instead of rewarding those who catch fish, we should start something that rewards those who save them and helps to rejuvenate the aquatic world, don’t you think?


Imagine asking Tiger Woods, the guy who has accumulated more than $800 million from golf, why do you hate golf? Yes, people hate golf even after it is an international all-age sport. There are several reasons for this reservation against golf with its rules and regulations as the number reason. 

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For example, there is a Cactus Rule in golf which states that if the ball lands on a cactus, you cannot cover the cactus with a towel, but you can cover your legs and arms to protect yourself from its spikes. 

Yeah! It is strange but true. And this is not the only one; golf has all sorts of strange rules. The Orange rule, the Air rule, the Flying Insect rule, and so on. Plus, it is not like that the golfers are allowed to hit each other with their club or the ball; no, they are supposed to make the putt. 


For those who don’t know, curling is an Olympic sport that has been making rounds since 1924. Yes, it is an old sport, which also means that somehow people have been watching (not necessarily) and playing it for about a century. 

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Curling is a dull and meaningless sport, period. Who wants to watch a stone pushed on ice and the men/women sweeping the icy floor with modified mops in their hands to ensure the stone travels far?

Got the point! That is why we think curling is way too boring to watch. Curling is a slow game, almost on par with golf. The stone must stop between one of the four concentric circles drawn at the end of the floor to count as a legible throw. 


For those who play, snooker can be a fun game, but the ones who are watching are suffering. In a poll conducted in the UK, snooker was ranked as the 5th worst sport to watch. There is the least amount of enjoyment in this sport. 

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Plus, any game that is out of sync with the viewer’s thinking and ability to understand comes out to be a boring thing to watch, let alone enjoy. Because to enjoy a sport, people have to enjoy the same. 

Did you know that people watch videos on snooker and golf and asleep at night? How can something that is used to help people go to sleep be interesting or enjoyable?


Darts look best when played on the phone or a computer, but that does not mean it should be made into a competitive sport. Here again, watching others throw pointy flying arrows at a circular board is not as fun as it is to play. 

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There are a lot of reasons why people do not like to watch or play darts. One of the most fundamental ones is that there is no physical activity involved. Calling something a sport until and unless the player has to work tirelessly to remain fit and competitive be called a sport?

Until the moment you are watching others play darts in a bar, or you are a part of the cheerleading team, it looks fun. But it is entirely different to watch darts on TV, the one that you have bought to watch your favorite football team ravage the competitors. 


Organizations like PETA have special reservations with regards to this kind of sport. Dressage is a sport wherein one person has to train and ride the horse to create obedience to perform a series of movements. 

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The terms training and creating obedience can imply that the horses must be trained to follow the rider’s instructions. It has been stated that some levels of dressage training are cruel to the horses. This alone is enough to not watch or participate in the sport as to how can someone derive fun from something that hurts animals, who cannot even speak to share how they are feeling. 

Apart from this, even if the sport is allowed to be telecasted on the TV, what enjoyment will a person get from a poor horse jumping and hurling through the ground to impress the crowd. 

Cricket (Test)

Not all forms of this sport are considered boring, but the test cricket matches that go on for five days are among the most boring sports to watch. The format of a test match is that two teams compete for five days accumulating runs, and the one with a higher total wins. 

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But why do you need to take five days to decide that? The same game has two other formats, T20 and One-day match of 20 and 50 overs. Two T20 matches can be played and enjoyed in one day and also see who the winner is. 

Why do we need to watch the same players hitting one poor ball all across the ground for five long days? Seems unfair to the spectators as well as the ball. 


The International Olympic Committee has classified Chess as a sport, so we have to consider it as such. But this does not mean that we have to enjoy it and watch it with the same enthusiasm for Football or NBA. 

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Watching chess is mind-draining. Two players compete against each other to kill the king, the one who kills first wins. Well, if only it, “Kill the King” was a real thing. 

But not; here are two geeky and intelligent people making moves (that are also limited) to remove all the pieces of the other person’s team from the board. You have to watch these two guys dismantle each other’s pieces. No, there’s nothing else to say. Will you watch it? Most probably no. 


Yet another boring sport on the list involves many people running on the track trying to finish first. What’s your job then? Well, you have to watch then run to glory and waste your time while doing that. 

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For the participant’s well-wishers and coaches, watching their every move is exciting, but if you do not have anyone participating in the field, what’s in it for you then? For the runners, participating in a marathon is a great thing. 

It shows their commitment and efforts to run for long distances without tripping or falling. But for you as a spectator, falling runners is the only fun you can have while watching it; other than this, there is nothing else you can watch or like. 


Racing a car and watching others race are poles apart. Professional race drivers who are pitting against each other in the wake of finishing first and making rounds in circles is not the ideal definition of a car race. 

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Yes, there are other professional car races that are quite interesting and add thrill to the entire notion of car racing, but Nascar is not one of them. You are better off taking your Prius around the empty parking lot than watching a race driver who has to finish 100 laps. 

Nascar can be fun, but only if it was added with some more twists and turns. The Le Mans or a sprint car race is fun, but not the Nascar. If there was a choice between Nascar and Le Mans or a Drag Race or even a Drifting tournament, it could be more fun and exciting to watch and support. 


The very definition of sports is compassion, excitement, and adrenaline. Without these aspects, the players may enjoy it, but not the spectators. Plus, we are accustomed to doing the same stuff at our work or daily; watching sports is meant to alleviate that boredom and not add to it. 

That is why while you are finding new types of sports to start watching, take note of the things mentioned here as you are likely to hit a plateau after some time, even if you start following any one of them. 


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