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Media Review: Sports and Religion Article: Religion, Commodity, or Escape: Sports in Modern American Culture An Inquires Journal article entitled “Religion, Commodity, or Escape: Sports in Modern American Culture, written by Joshua R. Keefe, goes into detail as to why sports can be equated to a religion. While organized sport franchises are in many ways corporate marketing machines meant to pander to the entertainment of the masses; they are also intrinsically tied to our American culture. One can observe an organization such as the NFL through the multiplicity of media outlets in our information age, and it speaks a narrative. Any given year you can see a story being conveyed of struggle to attain salvation at the SuperBowl. You have your heroes to worship, your villains to rue and fear, and even symbols to wear and parade to the world your faith and spread the good word. We have fundamental programs in place to educate and train our youth in the literature of football so we can ensure the continuity of the sport. There are entire “gospels” in the form of ESPN and sports articles that ensure the people are always involved 7 days a week. A cult-like following permeates our culture, and is not fully understood by the rest of the world. Keefe certainly recognizes the congruities between sport and religion and proposes that it fits squarely into America’s ideology. America was founded on the belief that anyone can attain success if they work hard enough. Like organized sports nothing is handed out in our country, one must earn the fruits of their labor. What better to instill this ideology then to infuse American society with sport culture? Philadelphia’s recent success is a good example of this
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  • Fall '15
  • Physics, Faith, Joshua R. Keefe

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