October 17, 2013
Americanized or Europeanized?
Do I see American sports becoming more Europeanized or the European Sports becoming more Americanized? In my opinion everything comes down to making money. I feel if a sport is popular then someone will find a way to make money off of the sport. In the United States the four major sports are football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. The three main sports in the European culture are soccer, cricket, and rugby. In my opinion the first sport that I can see becoming more and more popular in America is Rugby. With Rugby becoming an Olympic sport and with more people becoming familiar with it I can see Rugby becoming very popular. According to Santo (2010), “The sport of rugby offers many contrasts to the pattern of how other sports developed” (p. 27). Rugby was brought to the rest of the world from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The main reason why I feel that Rugby will become popular in America is due to the fact that athletes that participate in football who do not make it in the National Football League would be perfect for Rugby. Rugby is built on players that are not too big but not small but can move. The perfect positions in football to find these types of players are Linebackers, Tight Ends, bigger Safeties, and Running backs. Like anything else the more publicity and advertising anything get the more popular it will become in a culture. In my opinion I think that we as a culture need to do a better job of exposing the rugby, which I feel will be a great sport for us as Americans to become accustomed too. Which American sports could I see becoming more Europeanized? My first response would have been football simply because in my opinion it is the best sport out of all of them but my logical answer is basketball. Basketball has become more popular in Europe and Asia in the past 20 years then any other sport. The first non- American person drafted in the...
Cited: Santo, Charles, & Mildner, C.S (2010) Sport and Public Policy Social, Political, and Economic Perspectives
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