What is the ruling on sports as a profession?

Religious Authority: 
Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
What is the ruling on sports as a profession?
The council answered by emphasizing the rule: Taking a permissible (mubah) work as a profession is permissible, unless something is excepted with evidence (to the contrary). Sports per se are at least permissible if not recommended or compulsory. Allah's Messenger urged the umma (Muslim community) to practice some sorts of sports that keep man healthy and the umma strong unless they lead to mischief.