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Running Head: SOCIOLOGY OF SPORTS1Sociology of Sports:Clerissa S. HaleUniversity Of Houston
Running Head: SOCIOLOGY OF SPORTS2The sociology of sports is the study of the relationship between sports and society. There is a strong relationship between the two. Sports is a culture within itself. Sports is something that is exposed to most people at a very young age, and can be carried on up until their adult hood. Overtime, sports have become an extremely popular culture in society. The culture of sport influences society, and the culture of society influences sport. There are several different influential factors that come into play when dealing with sports such as; media, politics, religion, economics, gender, and race. With society being so involved in sports, I believe that it is extremely importantto use that opportunity as a platform.Recently there has been a social issue that was attempted to be addressed through a sport establishment. Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2016, is currently a free agent. Allegedly, Colin Kaepernick was forced to become a free agent due to the fact that he chose to begin to kneel during the national anthem before his National Football League games. Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during the National Anthem to bringawareness of police brutality, and the injustice to people of color in today’s society. That is exactly what the sociology of sport is, the relationship between sports and society. Colin Kaepernick’s actions took storm with the National Football League, and other professional players and fans joined Colin Kaepernick kneeling and sitting during the national anthem. Although there were several supporters, there were also several people that did not agree with Colin Kaepernick’s actions, and eventually forced him out of the league. Many people did not believe that Colin Kaepernick took the correct approach to the situation. They believed that kneeling during the flag was disrespectful to the country, and was done at an inappropriate place and time. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick was benched. He then decided to opt out of his contract. Allegedly, the entire National Football League, coaches, and owners came together and made a
Running Head: SOCIOLOGY OF SPORTS3pact to not pick up Colin Kaepernick and leave him unsigned, because of his choice to kneel

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