Being fluent in sports isn’t necessary. Being conversational is.
There are way too many sports fans to ignore and if avoiding awkward small talk and making a good first impression is as easy as mentioning a few sports headlines, why wouldn’t you do it?
You don’t have to have all the details. You don’t even need to watch the game or the sporting event. All you need to be conversational is a few talking points like the ones you’ll find right here in these sports conversation starters.