Lately, the growing popularity of eSports has brought forth a question of whether it should be classified as a sport. Some say yes, some say no, and some say, "Who cares?".
Hidden under the shadow of eSports, popularity of First Person View (FPV) drone racing has sneakily risen. It is now knocking on the doors of mainstream acceptance - previously opened only to "traditional" sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball. It is up to the consumers to decide to recognize it as a sport or not.
So, what is First Person View drone racing? The Drone Racing League describes it as such:
It can be noted that the Drone Racing League has defined it as a sport.
With the ease in which people can access drones and its appeal as a racing sport, the growth of FPV drone racing resembles that of a minor explosion:
1. The governing body IDRA - International Drone Racing Association- has gone from a concept to having over 50,000 members.
2. Prize pools for competitions have gone from $10,000 to $1 million, the latter offered by Sheikh Mansour's cousin, who hosts the Dubai World Drone Prix.
Caption: Track in Dubai, 15 year old Luke Bannister receiving the champions' trophy as the 2016 Dubai Grand Prix Winner.
3. It has gone from national races to international distribution in eight months. ESPN has partnered with IDRA to bring the world of drone racing to its viewers this coming August. .
Here is the network's words in a press release:
"Drone racing is currently seeing an unprecedented rise in popularity and is poised to become the next behemoth racing sport alongside NASCAR and Formula 1."
With this mainstream exposure, negativity about its growth and image has popped up, like the comment below:
Over twenty replies have been posted to this comment. There are hundreds of other opinions such as this, all involving its classification as a sport and its athletes being professionals.