Is religion losing ground to sports?

Chris Beneke and Arthur Remillard, both professors—history and religious studies respectively, discuss whether sport has been elevated to religion, or as they put it:

sports are succeeding by the measures that have traditionally defined success for religious institutions: regularly immersing people in a transcendent experience and keeping them ardently committed over the long term.

Social scientists have long recognized that sport involves superstition and ritual, but does modern sport have a religious existence? I think it’s rather difficult to separate the “sacred” and “secular,” and so, it would be rather surprising if there wasn’t some overlap in social behaviour.

via Is religion losing ground to sports? – The Washington Post.