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The Importance of Sports - Think of society as a living organism which every part of it contributes to its survival. This view is the functionalist perspective, which every parts of a society are structured to maintain its stability. Functionalist regard sports as an almost religious institution that uses ritual and ceremony to reinforce the common values of a society. In 1968, Robert Merton made an important distinction between manifest and latent functions. Manifest functions of institutions are open, stated, conscious functions that involve intended, recognized, consequences of an aspect of society....   [tags: Sports] 1002 words
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The Evolution of Sports - The sports of today have changed the way the players play the game. Starting on the professional sports level, bad sportsmanship behaviors, like the use of steroids or "throwing" a game or a match in an effort to please the sports gambler trying to get their big pay-off, has trickled down through the college level and even down to the high school level. One person recalls the days when athletes played their sport for the love of the game, because it is what they lived for. They remember when they were younger, sitting in their grandfather's lap and watching the Atlanta Braves (in the days of Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Glenn Hubbard and other great names in Braves history) running out on the di...   [tags: Sports] 886 words
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Positive Impact of Sports on Children - Sports may not be all that good for children. Some people might say that sports can cause injury, children won’t get a chance to play if they are not very good, or children may be made fun of for lacking skill in that particular sport. I believe that participating in sports has a much more positive impact on children. Sports can help children’s health approve, help them develop new friends, and can help improve the children’s self confidence. Sports may help improve children’s overall health. Many people against youth sports might say that participating in sports has a high risk of injury....   [tags: Sports] 462 words
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How to Be a Successful Sports Bettor - Benjamin Franklin once said, "by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." As a sports bettor, this is one cliché I'm particularly accustomed to. Why. It's simple – I appreciate the veracity. Imagine this scenario: you have taken a plane to Las Vegas, Nevada. Looking down from your window seat as you are about to land, you can see the Venetian, Caesars Palace, and other famous casinos you are hoping to visit during your trip. From the airport, you call a taxi and begin to drive towards your destination....   [tags: Sports] 1238 words
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The Pitfalls Of High School Sports - Children are often exposed to sports at an early age. As they get older and start school they often participate in sports as a way to both make now friends and be active. As the children grow older, progressing into their teenage years, they become more specialized in their sports. The sports that the young people continue with grow in their favor. When the child reaches the high school level, sports take center stage. The pressure for them to perform in sports and perform well is immense. There is the pressure from coaches, teammates, and others to succeed....   [tags: Sports] 1494 words
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THE AMAZING GROWTH OF YOUTH SPORTS - “On your toes,” Ole yelled, at all his teammates. Ole is my ten year old son, who has been playing soccer since he was in first grade. He plays two seasons a year and we are on our tenth season. Ole has started showing leadership with his teammates this season. Ole's team shows him respect, he is a very strong player that has always has his teammates backs. No matter how tired he is, he is right there to help his teammates out. When Ole started playing soccer I would have never dreamed of him taking this path....   [tags: Sports ]
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Sports and Politics - "Politics has come to be considered not only inappropriate in the arena of sports, but actually antithetical to it," Zirin says. "We want so much to see sports solely as an arena of play, not seriousness. But here's the thing, this can cheapen not only the greatness and relevance of sports to us as a society, but also the courage of the athletes" . The pursuit of fame, wealth and status can blind the human conscience, which is why it is important for us to encourage athletes to voice their opinions....   [tags: Sports]
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Lifelong Benefits of Childhood Sports - At age four, I started my first sport, soccer. From the very first practice, I was simply hooked to the new responsibility to show up at practice every Tuesday and a game every Saturday for my new Blue Valley Recreation team. I had so much fun with my soon-to-be kindergarten classmates. As I grew, I joined more and more sports like softball and dance classes, and I would do anything to get outside and play some football or tag with my family. From the time I was four until now, my love for sports and exercise has only multiplied and multiplied....   [tags: Sports]
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The American Obsession With Sports - The complexity of this issue is almost insurmountable. Its array covers the simplistic to that of possible genetic coding of the different ethnic groups involved. John Kenneth Galbraith, a sociological expert said “We associate truth with convenience.” It may be as simple, and I believe it is, as people do what they feel like putting their time and energy into. People pursue what interests them. Does everything have to come back to black and white. Brown’s study states that Black and White athletes have a positive association with the sports that they play and do not perceive racial or ethnic discrimination is any longer a problem....   [tags: Sports ]
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Recruiting Violations in College Sports - Sports are extremely popular around the world and only get more popular as time goes on. Sports is on television (TV), in the news, in the newspaper, and online. It only makes sense that this is the case. A sporting event is the ultimate drama. The variability of a game is what gets people so into it. Sports can tell a story, and teach great life lessons as well as inspire people. If sports are that important to the people around the world who watch it, just think about how important sports are to the ones who actually play it and coach it....   [tags: Sports ]
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Character Development in Youth Sports - I saw in his eyes sheer delight and the joy of accomplishment. He had successfully faced a pitcher older and bigger and had fought off pitch after pitch before knocking a single into left field. His base hit drove in a run, continued an inning and fueled a rally which brought the team a victory from what looked like a certain defeat. He was willing to be taught and was willing to try. Success was secondary to the life skills he was mastering. Character traits will certainly be developed as one participates in team sports, but to attain positive character traits will require deliberate efforts by parents, adults, teammates and even leaders of the organization itself....   [tags: Sports ]
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Sports in the Chicano/a Community - Sports are a major contributing factor in the Chicano/a community. It constructs ones gender by oppressing women due to their exclusion in partaking in sporting events as well as by providing an outlet for men to vent and regain their manhood. Delgado's article, “Golden But Not Brown” refers to Oscar de la Hoya and how some in the Chicano/a community view him as lacking masculinity; comparing him to “El Lion”, Julio Cesar Chavez. “El lion” evokes a more traditional and manly way of boxing which is an aggressive one while Oscar de la Hoyas involves more strategy and movement....   [tags: Sports] 1012 words
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Role of Physics in Sports - The motions of throwing, batting, and fielding will be presented in physics terms and ideas. Physics plays a big role in sports. One particular sport is softball, where we will be seeing different motions represented. First, we are going to look at the two different types of throwing. There is the regular over-hand throw and there is also the pitching style. When looking at the regular over-hand throw and the pitching style of throwing, many of the same concepts apply to both. In pitching, there are three main issues involved....   [tags: Sports] 1194 words
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America's Obsession With Sports - World Series, NBA Finals, Final Four, Super Bowl, National Championship, College World Series, The Masters, these are the ultimate competitive goals for both athletes and fans. America loves to watch these highly competitive sporting events. From ancient times to modern day, sports have always been a part of the makeup of our society. Beginning with the Native American sportsmen “who competed for religious, medicinal, and gambling purposes” sports of old and new have continued to change and evolve in our society’s culture (“Sports”)....   [tags: Sports ]
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Task Orientation in Sports - The importance of strength training was collaborated along with task orientation in a study that consisted of 90 athletic males and 43 athletic females. According to the article, strength training has been one of most influential and beneficial aspects in initiating tasks in sports. In other words, task orientation was significantly high in terms of accomplishing and maintaining standardized, individualistic performance in sports. In fact, the study reveals that individuals high in task orientation tend to judge success as means of, giving absolute effort, performing to their best of ability, working together as team mates and taking pleasure in their sport; according to the participants who...   [tags: Sports ]
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The Positive Impact of Sports on Academic Performance - Sports programs have been an integral part of all schools. They support the academics of the school and therefore foster success in life. These programs are educational and help produce productive citizenship. They help students experience and build skills that may help them in their future, like interpersonal and time management skills. Education may kindle the light of knowledge, but sports help to maintain the proper physique. Sports are also an important means of entertainment and a use for energy after long hours of study....   [tags: sports] 616 words
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Children and Sports: A Beginning to Something Great? - Today’s children participate in all kinds of activities. A sport is the biggest and the best way for children to gain the skills necessary to succeed in life as responsible citizens and adults. Skills are taught that are needed to be healthy and happy, but do these positive skills outweigh the negative effects children could suffer. Children and Sports: A Beginning to Something Great. In today’s world some parents push their children to extreme measures in sports, and some parents have absolutely no interest in their child’s participation in sports....   [tags: Sports ]
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Social Stratification Within the Sports Society - Sports society is the land were every serious athlete wants to step foot on and be apart of. Here the people are put into categories that rank each individual by how much money they make. There are two classes by which people fit; top and bottom. The top consisting of the athletes and the bottom although bigger then the top holds all of the supporting fans. The top class is also split up into smaller niches where the highest paid players are above the ones making league minimum salary. Social stratification persists over generations....   [tags: sports] 870 words
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The Psychology of Sports - The age of overwhelming strength and stamina governing sports is over, and the age of the mentally tough athlete has arrived. Athletes are no longer the superficial jocks and robots programmed to accomplish one goal, victory. Modern athletes ranging from the high school to professional levels are faced with many pressures and temptations, normally outside the realm of their sport. These pressures can inhibit an athlete’s performance substantially; therefore, the pressures need to be dealt with by psychologists....   [tags: Sports Psychology]
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The Transcendence of Cultural Barriers Through The History of Sports - Even though not every person likes sports, sports transcend all cultural boundaries because the history of sport dates back to the dawn of humanity. The ideology of sports transcending cultural barriers exists in the world today. As evident in the Olympics and several other sporting games across the world which unite a diverse culture range we can look at the empirical evidence as proof of such ideas. The impact of sports reaches much further than serving as entertainment or recreation. Some people argue the notion of cultural imperialism over cultural transcendence in relation to the history of sports....   [tags: Sports ]
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Adaptive Snow Sports - As practitioners in the Orthotics and Prosthetic field we owe our patients not only our skills of mind and hand, but also the encouragement to live their lives to the fullest. We want them to have a life worth living in spite of whatever physical difficulties they possess. There are many ways to accomplish this, but one of the lesser known is adaptive snow sports. The O & P field has had a connection with adaptive snow sports from its beginning. The “Grandfather of handicapped (adaptive) skiing” as he is referred to by the Skiing Hall of Fame is none other than Paul E....   [tags: Sports ] 1330 words
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The Sports of Korfball, Extreme Ironing, Underwater Hockey and Rugby - Baseball, hockey, korfball anyone. The wide world of sports ranges from the predictable to the obscure. You can play korfball with the people of the Netherlands, go to the extreme ironing world championship near Munich, Germany, or play underwater hockey or rugby with the New Jersey Hammerheads, or any of the other seven teams in the United States. No matter how strange these sports sound or seem, people play them. Korfball is a co-ed sport similar to basketball, except it is typically played on a large, grassy field....   [tags: sports, ] 721 words
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The Career of Sports Management - How would you like to sit ringside at a boxing match, courtside at a basketball game, or even better, at the 50-yard line, on the bench, with the players on the football team. Your thinking, “How could a person have those amazing seats without actually participating in the sport?” Well, there are certain professions that give you those incredible opportunities if you are not able to be a player or a coach. Sports management allows you to take part in worldwide sporting events on the business end....   [tags: Sports Management, Sports, career, ]
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Sports History and Sports Halls of Fame - Sports History and Sports Halls of Fame Below are websites dealing with sports history, particularly those halls of fame which exist. In the dead of winter, many people's interest turn to sports, and the nominees and inductees are announced for many halls, including professional baseball and professional football. Professional Baseball Hall of Fame http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ This website discusses the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The site combines baseball history and the Hall of Fame itself....   [tags: Sports] 1428 words
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Professional Sports Industry: Examining the Popularity of NFL Franchise Indianapolis Colts, as Well as Other Sports Franchises - Professional sports comprise of an enormous and complex industry. Subdivided into their respective sports and leagues, individual franchises act as independent businesses. The collective goal of these businesses is to provide a product that consumers will seek to purchase. In the case of a football team, for example, the Indianapolis Colts represent a business, and football is the product that they sell. Not all football, however, is so eagerly consumed. The Arena Football League recently disbanded after 21 years of selling its brand of football....   [tags: sports] 1293 words
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Violence in Sports - Violence is defined as the use of excessive physical force, which causes or has obvious potential to cause harm or destruction to an individual. Violence in sports comes in many forms, and divides into social and cultural factors related to the sport ethic, gender ideology, the dynamics of social class and race, and the tactics used in sports. Violence in sports has gone too far because sports violence has become so severe in sports, that players are injured each years. However, in sports some violence has become entertaining for the fans and fans would begin their own violence around with other fans that support opposing teams to win....   [tags: Sports Violence ]
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Sports Media - Sports of old were merely competitive activities rooted in heroism and romanticism. Sports activities today, however, have no such innocence or simplicity. Currently in America, the activities that make up our sports culture is not only the competitive events themselves but the processes and issues that underlie and surround them. Entwined in our sports culture is the giant business of mass broadcasting. Indeed, sports and the media go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, like Mickey and Minnie, Darth Vader and Luke....   [tags: Sports]
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The History of Sports and African Americans - The history of sports goes back since ancient times. It has been a useful way for people to explore nature and their environment. Sports include different activities and games such as football, soccer, basketball, and etc. to express their skills and talents. Also, sports are a way to relax and have fun; but are sports all our African Americans rely on. The dream to become future sports stars. The reason why Gates begins his essay with an anecdote is to show and compare how many african-american athletes were at work today and how little the chances of African-Americans becoming athletes are compared to being a lawyer, dentist, or even a doctor....   [tags: History, Sports, ] 506 words
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Relationship Between Femail Juniors Involved in Sports and Grade Point Average - Statement of Tasks: The plan is to obtain data of female juniors involved in sports and the relevance to their grade point averages. The data will be collected through a survey. The survey will be distributed to fifty female juniors that attend Taft High School. The survey will ask the student to state the curriculum such as IB or other (Regular/Honors). Students will also have to state their grade point averages. The researcher has to assure that each student is either involved or has recently been involved in a sport....   [tags: Sports] 1202 words
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Action Sports and Television - Action Sports and Television Actions sports have always been interesting to me. The way the athletes perform their tricks, how judges score them, and how the camera operators keep up with such a fast paced competition. The more I thought of my interest in this subject, the more I wanted to know. The growth of action sports on television follows the same pattern of any other type of show genre in its early stages. Documentaries, themed shows or movies, and especially the coverage on live television would be good places to start looking into....   [tags: extreme sports, sports programming, sponsorship]
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Categories of Sports Fans - In the midst of a freezing winter day, Appalachian State’s football teams endured a gut wrenching loss to the Montana Grizzlies, 17-24. It was December 12, 2009 and the chance to play for the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) title game was up for grabs. Montana drove seventy-three yards in two minutes and fourteen seconds to score a touchdown with a minute left. Appalachian countered with its own drive down the field but was unable to score. However, the most amazing part wasn’t the game itself; it was the fans....   [tags: Sports, Fans, ] 520 words
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Health Issues and Sports - Although sometimes tempting, risks can be dangerous. Wrestling can be dangerous. Last year at a wrestling tournament I was going against someone who I would have had no problem beating. I was actually winning the match before he decided to “shoot” on my leg. He put all his weight on the outside of my leg pressing in and it dislocated my knee. Which in turn stretched tendons in my knee. Unfortunately this happened two weeks before western mass the biggest tournament around here. So I missed all the events in-between my injury and Western Mass....   [tags: sports, injuries, ] 956 words
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Violence in Contact Sports - THESIS: Contact sports have been here since the medieval times. Soccer was also already being put into sport use by china in the dynasties. Implied, players on both teams have agreed to be hit, pushed, shoved, and possibly fought. What can be used for considering when or where a player crosses the line. Using examples from previous court cases, we will examine how players in the NHL could be charged when excessive force against other players in the opposite team come into play. Having hockey being used for an example, we will examine and look at the rules of the NHL, as well as how Todd Bertuzzi from the Vancouver Canucks stepped over the line, and was charged with assault....   [tags: Competitive Sports]
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How to Handle Violence in Youth Sports - ... When a parents scream at their child after practice that he/she did not run fast enough or hit hard enough, can be considered a form of verbal abuse. Also consider when a parent of one child screams at the team for not performing well and not winning the game, this combined with swearing can reduce a child to tears. Daniel Wann, PhD states that if a child cries because a parent or coach yelled at them or embarrassed them, then we have a problem (Pallerino, n.d.). Another type of abuse is the intimidation of a child or team....   [tags: sports rage, youth sports, sports violence]
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Ways to Improve the Quality of Sports in China - Nowadays, important sectors in our country like industrial, plantation and automotive sectors are able to enjoy rapid improvement and success domestically or internationally. All these sectors have shown a lot of positive outcomes except for our sport sector. Recent statistics prove that our sport sector is facing problems and is declining in many aspects and areas that contribute to the poor productivity and progress. For example, our national athletes’ disappointment at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games which our country was unable to win any medals in sports competed also indicates that fresh new ideas and alternatives are needed to save as well as to improve the quality of sports in our coun...   [tags: Essays on Sports] 1173 words
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A Career in Sports Marketing - Motocross is one of youngest sports in the world. While being one of the youngest, it is also one of the pioneering action sports and has seen major growth over the last half century. The sport has the most comprehensive coverage on broadcast networks like NBC, Fox Sports and CBS Sports that it has ever experienced. One of the biggest events of the year is the “Motocross of Nations” or “MXon”, consisting of teams from roughly 40 countries. MXoN is sanctioned is sanctioned by FIM and promoted by Youthstream, both motocross affiliated companies headquartered in Europe....   [tags: action sports, moto]
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Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports - The use of performance enhancing drugs in sports (doping) is done to improve athletic performance. Doping in sports has become a highly controversial topic among professional sporting venues and in the media. With the increased pressure to perform, high priced contracts, increased competition, and advanced training methods today’s athletes will try to gain an edge by any means necessary. Performance enhancing drugs used by athletes today include Human Growth Hormone (HGH), anabolic steroids, peptide hormones, amphetamines, insulin and stimulants....   [tags: Doping in Sports]
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The effects of Creatine in Sports Performance - ... In table 1 Mendes (2004) results show no improvement for swimming times, but a vast improvement in 1 rep max; Vatania (2011) shows a quicker 50m spring but no significant difference in the 100m swim. This could suggest that Cr does not improve endurance. Conclusion The evidence from the experiments in table 1 all suggests that Cr helps improve strength and speed. The Cr groups, in particular those with sub groups which had resistance training alongside Cr absorption improved their results vastly, looking at Dami (2006), Gualanoa (2014) and Mendes (2004) which happen to be the top 3 longest running investigations....   [tags: supplementation, steroids, sports performance]
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Steroid a Big Fraud in Sports - Thesis Statement The use of steroids by athletes has become very prevalent to improve performance in their sport, and have a better physical appearance, in order to get fame and money. The use of anabolic steroids by athletes has become common in modern times in order to improve their performance in the sports they play. I strongly disagree with the use of steroids by athletes because three main reasons. First, it is a fraud the use of any method that makes people become better in sports, because that will also let fraud in any other aspect of our live....   [tags: Steroids, Sports, Athletes, Fraud]
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Women and Sports - In today’s society women are not allowed to play baseball with men due to patriarchal myths and misconceptions that have been around since the emergence of baseball in America. All women should be able to play baseball with men and there is no legitimate reason why they shouldn't. Women are physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of playing baseball just as men are. With that being said their biological sex or gender should not and does not affect their ability to play baseball in the company of men....   [tags: Gender Roles, Sports, Social Issues] 2765 words
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Reform Models in Collegiate Sports - ... Academic scholarships under this movement are viewed as hire contracts rather than educational gifts (Slaughter & Rhoades, 2004). This implies that Amateurism is perceived by athletes’ right advocates as a means of denying college students their protections and rights that are enjoyed by other employees in sports including the right to get fair share of reward of revenue that they generate as well as compensation allowance. The divergent views of the three major schools of thought in regard to college reforms has elicited mixed reactions from all the stakeholders of college sports across the united states....   [tags: Athletes, College, Students, Sports]
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Sports Marketing and Mobile Technology - Sports marketing has made its way directly to the fans. In the past, only the extremely devoted fans would check on their teams online but now, the norm has changed. Now the devoted fans learn new information before anyone else, and even get rewarded for it. In the article “The Passion of the Fan”, by Stewart Feil, fans are being rewarded for posting about their favorite teams on social media. The reason this is possible is because mobile apps have greatly contributed to the way fans follow their teams....   [tags: sports marketing, fans]
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Sports Broadcast Analysis of NBA Game: Use of the Televised Sports Manhood Formula in Sports Broadcasting - For a professional sport broadcast I chose to cover a National Basketball Association (NBA) game of the New Jersey Nets playing in Philadelphia against the Philadelphia 76ers. The game was broadcast on the Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) network. This game featured the two teams with the lowest win percentage in their division of the NBA. This broadcast shows that the most popular professional sports still do exemplify the televised sports manhood formula introduced by Michael Messner in his book Taking the Field: Women, Men, and Sports....   [tags: sports, broadcasting] 2023 words
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Parental Violence and Youth Sports - Participating in a sport at an early age can be essential to the overall growth process during a child’s upbringing. Whether the participation is through some sort of organized league or just getting together amongst friends and playing, the lessons learned from this can help teach these kids and provide a positive message to them as they develop. There is a certain point, however, when organized sports can hinder progress, which is when adults get too involved and forget about the underlying reason to why they are helping....   [tags: Benefits of Youth Sports]
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The Danger in Youth Sports - It was a bright, sunny, hot day at the end of august. Our football team had an amazing offensive line as we were stacked with linemen each exceeding over 200 pounds. There were many pressures on us to be a very good team and they pushed us all very hard to be the best. Practice five days a week with lifting on the other two days, no days off was our motto. Our scrimmage had gone very well that day and as it was coming to an end, the starters were out and we were taking our pads off when I heard my coach yell from the side that one of the players got a stinger and he needed me back in....   [tags: youth sports, safety]
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Gender Equality in Sports - Gender Equality in Sports “All men are created equal” is a quote by Thomas Jefferson stated in the Declaration of Independence that has traveled through many centuries and is still memorable today. What this phrase is missing is equal rights for women as well as men. Since this quote was written, times have changed drastically and women have acquired these rights. Although many people see the equality of men and women in today’s era, one place that it is not present is in the sports world. Men and women have very different roles and expectations in the sports world....   [tags: Gender Equality, Schools, Sports]
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Strategies in the Sports Marketing Industry - Imagine sitting at a favorite sporting event. Think about all the advertisements on the jumbotron and the things the team wants you to buy. All these teams have one main goal, to sell you product and make a profit. The men and women behind the scenes making this all happen are sports marketers. According to Wake Forest University, the careers of sports marketers are fast paced, exciting and quite hectic. From NASCAR to baseball, these marketers use a multitude of strategies to market product in the real world....   [tags: technology, sports, social media, economy]
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The Commercialization of Extreme Sports (X Sports) - The Commercialization of Extreme Sports (X Sports) ABSTRACT For years, extreme sports had little to nothing in common with each other except for high risk, and an appeal to women and men from the ages of 12 to 34. Entertainment Sports Programming Network (ESPN), realizing this age group was a prime viewing audience, brought together several extreme sports and created yet another commercialized sporting spectacle. Since 1995, this television network has produced the Summer X Games. After these summer productions proved to be successful television and live spectator events, ESPN expanded into the winter extreme sports....   [tags: X Sports]
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Sports is Warfare by Peaceful means - ... Politics is also enclosed in the decision-making process in choosing a host. First cities must apply to host the Olympics, and then an evaluation by the International Olympic committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission is conducted. Lastly, all eligible member of the IOC casts a vote. The committee has to ensure that whoever is hosting the Olympics is capable.4 Although choosing a host is less political than the latter examples they reinforce the hostility that the IOC tries to eliminate. Furthermore, It can be argued that people compete as a sanctioned outlet for hostility and aggression while fostering a sense of nationalism, militarism, and even international conflicts (Keefer et al., 184)....   [tags: Sports, Athletes, Politics, Global Peace]
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High School Sports - Competitive sports play a large role in many high schools. In high school I played every sport; Football, Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, I even Wrestled. High school sports over the past couple of years have become increasingly difficult to keep up with due to the vast amount of preparation you’re expected to do. Most recognize that the Pro’s and the NCAA have gone too far with there’s willingness to win. That do whatever it takes to win mentality kills from the game in my opinion....   [tags: Competitive Sports] 796 words
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Neurological Sports Injuries - Horror story of sports injuries begins with a young man by the name of Austin Trenum. He was only 17-years-old when misery struck him while playing a football game. Austin’s final play left him with a serious concussion. He got up from the play showing no signs of a brain injury. Austin’s parents took him to the emergency room just to ensure there was no need for further treatment. They were advised not to allow Austin to do anything except (bed rest to rest his brain) for forty eight hours. Since Austin showed no symptoms, his parents allowed him to participate in hunting activities, to go to a party, and to play video games because Austin assured them he was fine....   [tags: Sports, Medicine]
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Pressure to Succeed Mentality in American Sports - The Pressure to Succeed The Issue “Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser,” Vince Lombardi once said. This saying could be the unsung anthem of American sports for children and teenagers. Everyone loves to win. In sports there is always competition. Is there too much emphasis on “the win” for kids and teens. This issue is important because it essentially develops the way children and teenagers think and react; it will affect them later on in life. Too much emphasis on winning is a problem because there is extensive pressure from parents and coaches, and the consequences can be severe....   [tags: Sports, Winning, Support, Steroids]
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Sports Have No Room for Performance Enhancers - People talk about the great players that have played before, Lawrence Taylor, Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky, and Michael Jordan. These players were amazing athletes who played the game they loved every day. These legends would give one hundred and ten percent every time they stepped onto the field, into the court, or onto the rink. One thing we do not associate with these players is the use of any illegal substances to boost their level of play. But today we have gold medalists being stripped of their Olympic medals, players facing a lifetime ban, and every day another athlete being suspended for a shorter period of time....   [tags: Professional Sports, Athletes, Steroids]
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Social Class Influence on Sports Participation - Literature has shown there is a constructive correlation between an individuals socioeconomic status (SES) and their participation in sporting activities. This piece of writing will be defining the impact social class division has on the opportunities for an individual to participate in sport and leisure activities. Also the key aspects of the social class system within the United Kingdom, from the traditional methods of social stratification, to the modern 7 class system released in 2013 by the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC)....   [tags: UK, Sports & Leisure Activities]
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Sports Broadcasters: James Kenneth McManus - ... They have now said that there were 11 hostages. Two were killed in their rooms this morning -- excuse me, yesterday morning. Nine were killed at the airport. They’re all gone.” (Kramer, “McManus, James Kenneth (Jim McKay)”) These last three words would resonate in history, signifying the horrific events that happened at the Munich Games. Following his completed broadcast, former coworker Walter Cronkite wrote a telegram to McKay saying, “Dear Jim, today you honored yourself, your network and your industry.” (Litsky, “Jim McKay, Pioneer Sports Broadcaster, Dies at 86”) It was evident at this moment that McKay’s connection with the Olympics and his brilliant, heartwarming broadcasting embe...   [tags: journalism, pasion, sports]
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The Legal Side of Pro Sports Lock Outs - Kobe Bryant brings in $24.8 million a year, LeBron James gets $12.5 a year, and Alex Rodriguez takes home $27.5 million a year. Between three star athletes they make a combined almost $65 million dollars a year, not counting endorsements. The average salary in the United States according to a 2011/2012 survey is $47,000 (Average Salary). It is understood to most that the “job” of a professional athlete can be strenuous to the athletes themselves as well as their families, however to make a yearly salary of $27 million is a little excessive....   [tags: Sports, Law]
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Battle to Survive: Preserving Interscholastic Sports - Welcome ladies and gentlemen of the Board of Education. We are here today to discuss the topic of whether interscholastic sports and activities should be discontinued or not. In this troubling economic crisis, change needs to be made to ensure the schools can keep running financially well. Obviously, cuts and new methods need to be made and enforced to help ensure this. The practice of interscholastic sports between schools has been there for a long duration of time. It has been a way for students to enjoy themselves and keep them fit....   [tags: interscholastic sports, education, budget cuts,] 828 words
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Should girls play on boys' sports teams? - In the world of sports it started off that girls could never play sports and then in 1972 a public law called Title IX came to existence which allowed girls to play sports but not with boys. Today the question is asked should girls play on boys’ sports teams. One would think that girls should not play with boys on a sports team because boys are just naturally taller and stronger than women and they would dominate the girls in a fully contact sport. Another may think that if a girl is truly capable to play on an all boys’ sports team, then she should not be denied the opportunity to try out for an all boys’ team....   [tags: Male, Females, Dynamics, Sports]
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Performance Enhancing Drugs Should Be Banned in Professional Sports - In 2013, 12 Major League Baseball players each received fifty game suspensions without pay for using performance enhancing drugs. Big names such as Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez were on this list. Testosterone, an illegal substance, is what is found in the performance enhancing drugs. Testosterone increases male characteristics such as body hair, aggression, deepening of the voice, and of course massive muscle growth (“Steroids” par. 1). Some professional athletes claim to use performance enhancing drugs to recover more quickly from injury; others take them because they have not seen the positive feedback in working out, without the use of the steroids....   [tags: Use Steroids in Professional Sports]
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My Two Favorite Sports: Tennis vs. Basketball - As many can tell you there is nothing quite like the feeling of playing the sport you love with crowds cheering for you to win. Everyone can feel this way because sports are relatively simple and easy to play with practice. I remember I used to hate the idea of playing any sport, but when once I started to play I didn’t want to stop; two sports that I particularly enjoyed playing were baseball and tennis. Although Baseball and tennis are both sports that involve using a club to hit an airborne ball, they differ because of the equipment used to play them, the rules for each game and the way points are scored....   [tags: Tennis, Basketball, sports,] 526 words
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A Sociological Perspective of Sports - A Sociological Perspective of Sports In the book entitled A Sociological Perspective of Sports, Wilbert Marcellus Leonard II says, “Many of us have strong opinions as to the value of competitive sports. Some of our beliefs are based on personal experiences, others are not” (219). I have my own strong opinions about the value of sports, most of which are based on personal experiences. I have been surrounded by, and involved in, competitive level sports my entire life. From the time I was born, I began attending professional volleyball games on the west coast beaches to watch my mom play in these matches....   [tags: competitive sports] 2623 words
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Public Relations in Professional Sports - Public Relations in Professional Sports "If industry is to be successful in dealing with public opinion . . . it must learn the language of the people, it must consider the study of public opinion as important as any phase of its operations. It must recognize that public opinion can be measured, and utilize the increasingly scientific methods developing today for gauging it"(Ross) PR today, has undergone a massive restructuring and organization and is now gaining recognition worldwide. An offshoot of this is PR in sports....   [tags: Professional Sports]
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Use of Steroids in Sports - As the use of performance enhancing drugs is becoming more popular among athletes, many of them don't understand the risks involved in taking these drugs. Many people are looking for a quick way to build muscle, or to get stronger the fastest way possible. Using these performance aids may very well be a quick fix for many athletes, but taking these supplements is unethical and dangerous. Using special drugs to boost an athletes performance is degrading to sports and to the athlete. The human body can produce the same substances naturally, without taking drugs, but people continue to load up on these supplements such as creatine or androstenedione....   [tags: Drugs and Sports]
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An Annotated Bibliography of Sports History Related to Gender. - ... “Interested in field games is certainly not as strong as it used to be, and saturday matches are becoming more and more unpopular with girls who live in a society which has ‘saturdays off’. Tennis and badminton are very popular and very fashionable. (NICHOLSON, R, 2012) The second quote is in direct response to the first quote because their is an apparent untapped market of interest in the sport. “The core of my correspondence… is made up of letters from schoolgirls or youngsters just out of school who wish to play cricket....   [tags: girls in sports, womens cricket, homophobia]
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Participating in Sports Helps to Reduce the Levels of Depression - ... I really will like to take a more centered look on college students who are on the verge of going out into the job market and trying to find a career for the rest of their lives which can become stressful to them. Literature Review Depression plagues many people throughout the world causing self-harmed deaths, unhappiness, divorces in many places; however, is there a way to solve it a way to end it all together throughout the world in a way anyone can easily do and without the cost of anyone’s paycheck....   [tags: college students, depression, organized sports]
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Steroids and Sports - Steroids and Sports Steroids, ever since their introduction into the sports world five decades ago, they have been a controversial issue (WebMD medical news). Anabolic performance dates as far back as the original Olympic Games. Today walking into any gym you will find some one who is using steroids or some kind of enhancement supplement. Anabolic steroids are so popular with athletes from high School level all the way up to the top. For the past fifty years, athletes around the world use steroids to gain muscle mass, and along with regular work-outs try to achieve the results they desire....   [tags: Sports Argumentative Drugs Essays]
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The Globalization of Sports - Sport is an ever growing aspect of our cultures, and as the access to different avenues of sport begin to present themselves we question the ability of sport organizations to expand globally. This review of literature will examine different avenues of sport and the research that has been done in regards to their effort to expand on a global scale. Arguably one of the most successful avenues of sport to expand globally is soccer. Soccer is played in more countries(204) than any other sport. (Klein, 2008) A perfect example of soccer as a brand that has expanded globally is Manchester United....   [tags: Globalization, Sports]
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The Image of Women in Sports Today - The Image of Women in Sports Today We live in a world that changes quickly, so it's no terrible surprise that the image of women in sports is changing quickly, as well. Relatively, it hasn't been that long since women were not even socially permitted to participate in sports or any kind of physical activity-- now, I dare say, it's nearly expected. There are still remnants of past gender-types, but overall I think the image of women in sports has changed dramatically. It used to be that women were not allowed to participate in sports-- beyond just being seen as unbecoming and unfeminine, it was actually believed that physical activity would harm a woman's reproductive system....   [tags: Female Sports Athletics Papers] 1089 words
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Advertising in Sports - ADVERTISING IN SPORTS      The main purpose of advertising is to sell a product or service to the consumer market. Advertising uses many different types of appeal and a number of media to achieve a variety of goals. Advertising is the most effective means to get the word out about products, services, events, charities, and just about anything else that one can think of. Where would sports be today without advertising. Advertising in sports has helped the sports world grow into one of the most profitable industries in the world....   [tags: Sports Marketing essays research papers] 779 words
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Sports and Gender - Sports become stereotyped as gender-neutral, feminine, or masculine based on conceptions regarding gender, gender differences, and beliefs about the appropriateness of participation due to gender (Colley et al., 1987; Csizma, Wittig, & Schurr, 1988; Koivula, 1995; Matteo, 1986). Sports labeled as feminine seem to be those that allow women participants to act in accordance with the stereotyped expectations of femininity (such as being graceful and nonagressive) and that provide for beauty and aesthetic pleasure (based on largely male standards)....   [tags: Female Sports Film Movies Essays]
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Sexism in Sports - Sexism in Sports In 1972 a policy known as Title IX was written and mandated into Federal policy. Title IX states “no person.....shall, on the basis of sex….be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance” (Glenn Sacks, “Title IX Lawsuits are Endangering Men’s College Sports,” p. 3). Many high schools and colleges have not been able to comply with the Title IX standards mostly because of money. After more than 30 years since the beginning of Title IX, there is still no gender equality among men and women in sports....   [tags: Sexism Sports Athletics Basketball Essays]
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