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9) Video Notes Focus on Society

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VIDEO: Focus On Society – Sport By The Dallas Community College District In USA today sports a prominent feature of everyday life. Sorts generate excitement – something for everyone as there is a wide variety of both spectator and participation sports. 100 million fans pay 2 billion dollars to watch sports. (NOTE: this is an old figure, this has more than doubled since the early 1980’s.) Between 1950-75 attendance at the four major sports more than doubled – from 26 to 54 million spectators per year. In addition, television spends 100 of millions of dollars for the right to broadcast sport events. In addition lots of local sport activities 47% of Americans say they participate or watch some sort of sports daily. The only activities, which have declined, are hunting and fishing – as most urban dwellers do not have access to these sports. Sometimes involvement with sports becomes extreme: For example a Denver Bronco fan shot himself in the head when the Broncos fumbled four times in a game and lost. Also a taxi cab driver who killed himself because he missed seeing Hank Aaron’s hit his record breaking 715 th homerun on TV. Sports are sociological phenomena. Sports reflect American social values – they are a mirror of American society. Sports are a microcosm of American society. The activities that take place in sport reflect the values of the society as a whole. (NOTE: This statement is an example of structural functionalism theory.) The USA has not always been a sport-crazed society. Early American settlers had little time for play due to harsh living conditions and religious sanctions against play. These factors kept people out of sports and recreational activities. In 1618, Sunday amusements were banned in Virginia. Later Puritans in New England had strong restrictions on play, sport, and leisure activities. (NOTE: Remember with Puritan work philosophy, there were a waste of time and therefore the sign of a lost soul.)
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