|（School of Physical Education，South China Normal University，Guangzhou 510006，China)
Abstract: The game theory is an important theory for the sports circle to probe into issues about sports origin and nature. By inducing and deducing Schiller’s game theory, the authors drew the following conclusions: there are significant differ-ences between Schiller’s game aesthetics and successor scholars in terms of their opinions on the issue of “sports and games”; Schiller’s game aesthetics is the inheritance and development of Kant’s aesthetics, provided with priori and em-pirical characteristics: 1)its priori characteristics have the flavor of Kant’s aesthetical ideal, such beauty of games considers the form of beauty as an aesthetical judgment criterion, believes that the beauty of games is a sort of harmless and pur-poseless beauty of freedom; 2)its empirical characteristics are tinted with the sentiments of Schiller’s aesthetics, such beauty of games considers material reality as an aesthetical judgment criterion, therefore, the beauty of games becomes a sort of empirical beauty full of the sense of form and the sense of life. Such empirical beauty prompts: watching a sports game or the impulse to play a sporty game is essentially a sort of aesthetical experience mixed with a perceptual impulse and a rational impulse, the constant deposit of such aesthetical experience constitutes the aesthetical experience that must be owned for loving a certain sport; such aesthetical experience is the aesthetical core that hides in Schiller’s game impulse and promotes the mutual transformation of relationship between sports and games.
Key words: sports aesthetics；game aesthetics；perceptual impulse；formal impulse；game impulse；Kant；Schiller