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The Changing Role Of Sports In The 19th Century

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Many people did not view sports in a great light until the 19th century. Before this time, sport activities were viewed negatively and clergymen even believed that sports were evil “open invitations to brutishness and gambling” (Sheed 489). However, England changed its outlook when during the Industrial Revolution because it was desperate for any form of entertainment. Shortly after the “society’s guardians” (Sheed 489) began to look favorably upon sports, many others joined the bandwagon. Preachers, school teachers, and even other business men all started to see sports activities as a good thing. Sports became a way to allow hardworking men a chance to participate in recreational activities. Rules were implemented and refereeing was essential, which played a major part in preventing any cheating and players began to hold each other accountable. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains how england changed its outlook when during the industrial revolution because it was desperate for any form of entertainment. preachers, school teachers, and business men all started to see sports activities as a good thing.
  • Explains that sports provide athletes with discipline, positive reinforcement, and team building techniques. in the 1900's school age children did not favor sports, but as time passed, the idea of sports is favored by teachers, parents and children alike.
  • Argues that it is right for athletes to be paid for their time and effort given to entertain the world.

Although, sports can have a negative effect on someone who worships or idolizes the activity, it also can provide positive reinforcement and team building techniques. In the 1900’s school age children did not favor sports, there was also once the battle of sports being considered more important than other lessons. However, as time has passed, the idea of sports is favored by teachers, parents, and children alike. One of the best things about sports is that it teaches athletes to be disciplined and to strive for excellence. One way this was done was by establishing rules that stated athletes had to have a passing grade in all of the other

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