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Seminar Research Paper - The Wide World of Sports Everybody...

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The Wide World of Sports Everybody loves to play. Mankind has played games for as long there has been recorded history, and in modern times established sports exist everywhere. There are sports that transcend entire continents and bring fans together, like soccer and baseball. There are also smaller sports with unique fan bases like cricket and rugby that nevertheless are important to lots of people. But why are some sports less important than others? What factors influence people’s perceptions of a sport? Most importantly, what does it take to make a sport likeable? This question is significant for many reasons. Looking at it from an economic angle, there’s plenty of money to be made from a popular sport. In 1998, almost 40 billion dollars was spent on commercial sports, excluding all of the advertising and sponsorship that occurs in professional sports (Washington 187). Factoring in all the advertising revenues made thorough television and radio, the expenditures made by cities, schools, and governments on the behalf of sports, and the compensation the players receive, the amount of money that surrounds a popular sport is huge (Washington 188). Researching the popularity of sports can help manage that money flow. If potential investors in a sport, say corporations thinking of building a stadium, can determine if the sport will be popular enough to expect a return on their investment based on certain finite factors, it would help them greatly. Potential investors can also find ways to improve the popularity of certain sports so as to increase their revenue. For example, finding a cheap way to broadcast games nationwide could make the game more accessible to viewers and thus more popular, just as football’s popularity was increased when it was put on television. From a personal standpoint, popularity of a sport matters as well. When choosing what sport to teach their children to play, parents will inevitably choose popular ones. This way, their children can have a future in the sport playing for established teams, and possibly receive a
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number of benefits including college scholarships if they reach a certain skill level. Also, the more popular the sport, the more money and fame is to be had for the athletes. If Michael Jordan had been a star cricket player, he wouldn’t have made nearly as much money and his name wouldn’t be so recognizable. In this way, the popularity of sports is important to everybody, as it influences life decisions. Finally, knowing what makes some sports more popular than others is beneficial to everybody’s entertainment. If we can make golf more enjoyable to watch, or soccer more popular in the United States, or quidditch a legitimate pastime, it would benefit a lot of people. The world can never have enough games to play; we just need to find or invent games that are worth playing. Sports tie people together, entertain us on the weekends, give us something to talk about, and best of all, distract us from the more tedious parts of life. If we can discover exactly why we enjoy them so much, perhaps we can improve them and create more fun for everybody.
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