Last updated on: 9/24/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Dave Hollander, JD Biography

Title:
Author and sports columnist
Position:
Con to the question "Is Golf a Sport?"
Reasoning:

“Golf does not even rise to the level of ‘a good walk spoiled’ because the primary action of walking is not required. So says PGA Tour v. Martin (2001) where the Supreme Court ordered the PGA to allow disabled golfer Casey Martin to use a golf cart in between holes rather than walk… How can you call something a sport where being ambulatory is not a basic minimum physical requirement?

A ‘sport’ requires athleticism. Athletes are people who demonstrate superior physical skill in the areas of strength, agility and stamina… There’s got to be at least some running to call it a sport. I’d prefer some contact, too. But ‘no walking required’? You call that a sport?

Just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s a sport. Computer programming and brain surgery are difficult. They are not sports. Just because you compete doesn’t make it a sport either. Pretzel vendors compete. Art galleries compete. Hell, a spelling bee is a competition. Golf is recreation–something to pass the time. It is no more a sport than marbles or cat’s cradle.”

“Is Golf A Sport? Seriously.,” Huffington Post, May 12, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sports columnist, Huffington Post
  • Contributor, AOL Sports (now Fanhouse.com), SI.com, Penthouse, and Interview
  • Co-owner, Le Cheile restaurant (New York)
  • Member, advisory board, Ultimate Block Party, 2010-present
  • Faculty, NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, 2008-present
  • Tournament co-director, Washington Heights Pinball Open, 2011
  • Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, New York Family Sports, 2008-2009
  • Founder and Director, Arlene’s Grocery Picture Show (independent film festival), 2001-2005
  • Recipient, Award for Community Service, NYPD 7th Precinct, 2004
  • Co-creator, Album Covers, 2004
  • Creator, 3 Farms (live concert series), 2002-2004
  • Executive Producer, creator, and writer, Gate D, 1998-1999
  • Former contributor, New York Press
Education:
  • JD, Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • BS, Brandeis University
Contact Info:
Phone
646-232-1055
Email
None found
Website
Huffington Post Profile
Other:
  • Has given lectures on sports trends at colleges and universities including Fordham University, Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business, Concordia College and Long Island University
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Is Golf a Sport?