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Watching professional spectator sports - Finch - 01-31-2010

What is the Jewish view of sports like boxing or mixed martial arts (UFC)? Are these ok to watch on television?

What about other contacts sports like football?

RE: Watching Professional Spectator Sports - rabbiyitz - 01-31-2010

The traditional Jewish View is that watching professional spectator sports is a waste of valuable time, and not at all productive to one's spiritual growth. The Hellenists tried to interest Jews in watching these types of sports to divert them from Torah study.

A lot of the time that a person wastes watching television (for those who do choose to own a televison for one reason or another) could be spent wisely as quality time with family members, charitable volunteer activities, study of Torah topics within the Noahide Code, personal physical fitness, etc.