let's think about this rationally for a moment. before the aztecs invented football, going to war and killing people was the only viable sport available in any society.
and total war style warfare is all about getting favorable matchups for your dudes or ladies, which is exactly like any sport ever.
I'm surprised there isn't more overlap between sports nerdom and RTS or moba nerdom. I mean there probably is, but I dont really pay attention to esports that much, or, real sports, really, but I figure the people that play fifa or madden are probably also the same people that play dota 2 and makes tons of money before playing the game that they're really passionate about but doesnt pay as well, which of course is warhamer total war 2.