Sport is one of the world’s biggest attractions and a majority of people are in love with various different sports. Watching, playing and listening to sport is hugely popular, but not all sporting events are appealing and entertaining. Some sporting events have the totally opposite effect and instead of helping people to love the sport more, it drifts them further away. These particular sporting events don’t just be unpopular for the fans, they also tend not to be liked by the athletes that are participating. Here is a list of sporting events that have been hated in the past.
The Anglo-Italian Cup was a footballing competition for clubs in England and Italy. It was founded in 1970 by Gigi Peronace and was abolished in 1996. The competition was regularly marred by violence between fans, with the first ever final abandoned due to violence.
This was a cricket tournament held in the Carribean island of Antigua. The first edition of the competition was in 2006 and the last time this competition was played was in 2008. The tournament was initially planned to help West Indian cricket to get back to life, but that proved to be more difficult than expected.
The Match: Woods vs Mickelson
Both golf legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson went head to head recently in a golf event dubbed as “The Match”. Mickelson emerged victorious and won an incredible $9m in Las Vegas. The contest wasn’t very popular with golf fans and was thought to just be a marketing stunt.
The English Football League Trophy, now known as the Checkatrade Trophy, is one of football’s most unpopular competitions. 48 clubs from League One and League Two participate, with 16 Under-21 teams from the Championship and Premier League. Many teams fail to take the competition seriously and play weaker sides in the competition. It also adds more fixtures to an already busy schedule for numerous teams.
NFL Pro Bowl
The Pro Bowl is the all-star game for the NFL, so you’d expect there to be a lot of interest in the event. Sadly, that is not the case. The match is held just before the SuperBowl, which means that a majority of the players are already on holiday. The match has all the best players on show, but fans don’t really care too much about it.
UEFA Intertoto Cup
The tournament was founded in 1961 but was taken over by UEFA in 1995. It was a European football competition for teams who had not made the cut in the major European tournaments like the Champions League and UEFA Cup. The Intertoto Cup was stopped in 2008 and throughout its existence, was never a popular competition. Teams had to apply to enter and nations were allowed to forfeit their places in the competition.
UEFA Nations League
The Nations League is a competition contested by international teams who are member associations of UEFA. The tournament was introduced this year to give a more competitive edge to international matches during the domestic season. Many of the matches have still been dull, with players pulling out of matches to ensure they remain fit and healthy for their club seasons.
The Memphis Open was founded in 1975 and for most of its existence, it was a combined men and women’s tournament. The event usually took place in February, but many of the players weren’t keen on participating on the indoor hard courts. It has been played in Tennessee for 41 years but is now moved to Long Island.