Why Do Sports Matter?
Sports in America have drastically changed in both positive and negative ways throughout the years. People surround sports as a part of their life and sometimes it’s their main priority. Though you may be a dedicated fan there are people who take it to the extreme leading to almost death in some occurrences. There is such as a thing as dedicated and loyal fan but the fact people do take it to outstanding extremities is ridiculous. Sports are seen in two ways: negative and positive. Both do not outweigh another but are deemed balanced in the views of society. In my opinion I think that sports are fundamental and an important part of society and culture and bringing people together because of the impact sports have. Football, for instance the amount of not only people it brings together but the amount of money spent on this industry is incredible. The NFL can create 25 billion dollars per year on just about anything that has a football team on it. Jerseys, men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, bedding, dishware, household items, almost anything you can think of. Fantasy Football is above the NFL industry with making just about 70 billion per year in value. Not just the industry and the money making but the actual game and the plays and athletes bring people together. Almost a communal event bars and restaurants have incorporated sports, predominantly football, into their environment. Sports mean a lot to individual people and society alike. Perhaps this is because competition in sports lets us prove that we’re better than someone else. Or perhaps it is because we get to cheer and yell for our team. Sports can bring us comfort in hard times. They can also bring people together who normally wouldn’t associate with one another. Some people believe sports are important to human nature. Sports are important to human nature because you get to compete. No one is born looking for competition. Part of every human’s nature is being competitive and most people believe that it has to be discovered. Playing or even watching sports can help explore one’s competitive side. Sports teach basic, fundamental competitiveness, which is a key part of human nature. It is essential to survival. You need to compete with other people to get into a good college or to get a good job. Sports teach you how to work hard. It is not part of human nature for most people to want to work hard. You have to put in a lot of time and effort to be good at a sport and it teaches you that preparation and effort are the most important aspect in sports and in life. Sports are an essential and important aspect of American society; they are indispensable when it comes to their impact on a plethora of public arenas, including economics and the mass media. Sport coincides with community values and political agencies, as it attempts to define the morals and ethics attributed not only to athletes, but the totality of society as a whole. Sports provide key dynamics when it comes to the augmentation of communal principles by enhancing the physical and mental well-being of individuals and the integration of social classes. The idea of “winning” in sports serves as a prime exemplar of success: a highly valued commodity which often results in elitism and superiority. The world of sports affords us the opportunity to gain vital insight into the sensitive issues of racism, sexism, and classism. To ignore sport is to ignore a significant aspect of any society and its culture. Sport is the opiate of the masses, due to the fact that we are in the age of the sport consumer, which is dissimilar to the age of the sport spectator. By placing a “value” on a specific athlete, you are not only defining that athlete based on his or her attributes, you are bestowing upon them a specific worth which ultimately translates into the worth of that specific sport en masse, which is why we unjustly deem certain sports more imperative than others. Fans of...
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