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Top swimmers form alliance to push for change and more money

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The last year, I've seen "Professional Swimming" on TV. Feels like I'm watching the Roller Derby with made up team names for a few different countries. I just don't see this taking off.

Swimming is inherently boring. Like golf. The World Championships on TV and meets that prep for that is about all the excitement normal people watching swimming can take. It isn't like anyone will drown during the competition or veer out of their lane. It is people swimming down and back trying to beat a time. It is the same today as it was 10, 20, 50 yrs ago. Only the times and suits have changed.

With auto racing, there could be a crash.

With Diving, someone could hit the board or even just wipeout. That still happens from time to time. In the last year, at major international competitions, I remember seeing 3 people injured during a diving competition where they were removed from continuing. A female Chinese diver at the World Cup slipped and injured herself on the 3m board. She was expected to win. The next day, she was back. The other 2 injuries ended in hospital visits. One diver broke a bone of the tower. He hasn't been in competition since.

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