What makes a sport a sport?

Is a hot dog eating contest a sport? What about foosball, hunting, bobsled, bowling, and bullfighting?

In Why Baseball Is a Sport and Golf Is Not: Separating the Players from the Poseurs, Aaron S. Bayley and Luigi Di Serio argue that an activity isn't a sport just because society says it is: it first must meet a definitive set of criteria.


The results aren't always what you'd expect.

2022 NYC Big Book Award Winner, Sports Nonfiction

Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Autism Canada.


The Authors

Aaron S. Bayley is a writer, artist, and middle school teacher in Toronto. His favorite sports are boxing, football, and hockey. A longtime Montreal Canadiens fan, he enjoys watching the Toronto Maple Leafs make early playoff exits. This is his first book. Visit his blog at counterpolitik.com.


Luigi Di Serio grew up in a loving Italian household in Toronto, where arguments about religion, politics, and sports were commonplace. He loves almost all sports and athletics, especially hockey and soccer. He also enjoys road trips, sports cars, architecture, photography, and spending time with loved ones. This is his first book.