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Leith on life: For the love of darts

How come the more exciting a sport is, the more boring it is to watch?

This column’s remit is, as its title suggests, on the wide side. But it seldom ventures into the world of sport. It has a note from its parents, this column. It is Off Games.

However. I have been puzzling over something, and it has to do with sport—or, at least, to do with the business of watching it. Blame it on a chance discussion about the pleasures of televised golf. This something is: how come the more exciting a sport is—the more of what TV people like to call “jeopardy” it contains—the more boring it is to watch?

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