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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


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.


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"Bayley and Di Serio... strike the perfect tone for a book like this, marrying encyclopedic knowledge with serious pedantry." — Kirkus Reviews

"A brilliant and thorough exposition that is sure to spark debate." — Indies Today


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From Why Baseball Is a Sport and Golf Is Not:
Separating the Players from the Poseurs

"Genuine sports are an intricate and inseparable blend of speed, skill, strategy, and, above all, athleticism—they belong in a league of their own. Not everyone gets to make the cut. Because let's face it: Jack Nicklaus is no Jackie Robinson."

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