Not sure I agree with this perspective on why live sports only work when live, but it’s interesting. I have watched events many times on delay — especially cycling, geek that I am — and I don’t care if it’s live, or if I know the results. That said, the perspective makes its own sense.
“If this game has already ended and I don’t know anything about what happened, it was probably just a game”: This sentence is so obvious that it’s almost nonsensical, but I suspect it’s the one point that matters most. It’s the central premise behind the entire concept of “liveness,” which is what this whole problem comes down to.