Geektastic: I was forced to play football in the Christmas term, rugger in the Easter term and cricket in the summer term (Northern hemisphere).
I detested each and every one, loathed being made to play with a passion. I was awful at all of them and hated everything associated with them. However, short of a hailstorm we were expected to play for 2 hours 5 days a week and watch the school teams playing at home on Saturday afternoons as well. We also had PE for 2 hours a week and athletics in the summer too.
The minute I had the option to give up I did so and aside from the odd bit of skiing and regular shooting I have never been near a sports field in the 30 or so years since.
I avoid all televised sports and genuinely managed not to see a single moment of the RWC or the Olympics.
So for me, if the kids want to do it then fine, but for some it is tantamount to waterboarding!
Mind you, I have no kids so my opinion is theoretical at best.
Personally, I still think (at the very least) PE should be retained as part of the curriculum.
One of my previous bosses attended one of the region's more prestigious boarding schools. Said he had to play rugby, and had to support the 1st XV in the home games (haka and everything). He absolutely hated it.
In the profession I'm involved in, I can't say there's much love for competitive sports among my colleagues. Certainly, there are a few who do actively participate at some level, but they are the minority.
I think the issue is really not so much sport itself. But, the fact the sport is simply not enjoyable (for various reasons). If sport were enjoyable, then I don't think it wouldn't be a problem.
Sports are really just games with a physical component.
It's a shame so many geeks/nerds get turned off sport - from my experience anyway. If there's one demographic that could make sport a genuinely better experience it's geeks.
Surprisingly, someone like yourself would actually be ideal for it. I know you hate sport. That's why you'd be the best type of person to "see" what the problems are.