December 7th, 2017 | by CollegeAD

Is esports actually a sport? The question wasn’t asked by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily executive editor Abraham Madkour, who moderated Wednesday’s panel featuring major college conference commissioners on Wednesday. But the commissioners went ahead and addressed it at the Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, making it clear how differently they view esports compared to traditional sports as they weighed whether or not it should be a part of college athletics. “First of all, it’s a misnomer. It isn’t sports,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said of esports. “And so therefore, it looks very different than what we do every day. I can’t think of a single motivation to get involved in it other than the money, and I just am sort of lost in the conversation of it because if we wanted to make money, I guess we could get into real estate development and we could get into other things that are misaligned with our core business. The Pac-12 in 2016 following an internal review of the growth of esports among students in its member institutions saw the presidents and chancellors approve Pac-12 Networks to hold esports competitions. But Scott said despite the intrigue, the conference decided for now not to move forward with esports in as an official sport because the presidents and chancellors had questions about promoting video gaming as a healthy activity and also how to govern it. -Diamond Leung, Sport Techie, Read More

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