While reading this chapter, it made me think about how sports are going to be in the future. I don’t think many things will change in sports but I do believe that football is getting more dangerous. Football athletes are getting bigger and stronger from generation to generation. This is not only true for professional athletes but also true for athletes in amateur leagues. With this being said, some athletes are taking illegal substances like EPO’s to enhance their performance. I believe that athletes who take illegal substances will never stop and I feel like more and more athletes will do it. I think that sports organizations will make some illegal substances legal in the future because they may think that since athletes are already taking them then they might as well make it legal. I believe with the communication side of sports is that technology will get better and we will be able to watch a game live wherever we go.
In chapter 14, it was interesting thinking about how sporting events make money and wondering if sports still exist because of money. Sports is a form of entertainment but it is also a business and a market. Without money, sports would not exist today. For example, new baseball stadiums are built to bring more people to the games which means that the ticket prices will go up. The bad thing about this method of making money is that fewer fans will show up over time. Money is important in sports because the team has to have money to buy equipment and needs money to travel. Money is also important because the athletes need to get paid and the players get paid millions of dollars. While reading this chapter I kept thinking about if athletes play sports just for the money or do they play because they enjoy it? I feel like now and days there is so much money that athletes are playing to make a living over actually enjoying the game. Team owners will do anything to make more money and sports today is very expensive.
While reading chapter 15, the section I thought was interesting was sports video games. This was interesting to me because the video game companies make the games like it is real life. For example, the games graphics are high quality and the game itself looks real and the players that are in the game are the same players that are on the teams in real life. By having sports video games, fans will be more engaged in sports and will have more of a drive to watch and support their team in real life. Video games is also a great way to advertise sports and athletes. For example, the athlete that is put on the front cover of the video game is getting recognition. Video games can lead to fantasy sports like FanDuel, where people make a team roster and if their team wins they get money. This is another great way to get fans interacting in sports because they are more likely to watch the game in excitement and have more of a purpose to watch the game. This chapter was interesting to me because it is interesting how technology can change the way fans look at sports.
While reading chapter 8, it made me think about how politics is related to sports and how we see politics in sports every time we watch a sporting event. From my own personal experience, when I watch a football game or any sporting event, they play the national anthem and have a huge American flag in the middle of the field. The representation of the national anthem is respect for our country and to honor our military. After the national anthem is played, jets fly over the field. Unfortunately, in today’s society, athletes are rejecting politics in sports and the way we add America into sports. For example, Colin Kaepernick kneeled when the national anthem was being played, which is a sign of disrespect to America. After this occurred, the NFL has not been the same. More players are kneeling for the national anthem and fans are not happy about it. Not only are professional athletes kneeling for the national anthem, but high school and college’s are as well. This is a great example of how politics is played into sports and how one mess up can ruin a society. This chapter made me think about how our country is based around sports and how important politics is.
While reading chapter 7 in the book, “Communication and Sport,” one of the first things that I thought was interesting is how different it is with different ethnicities playing sports. Back in the early 1900’s, blacks could not play with the whites because they were racially segregated. I thought it was interesting how one person like Jackie Robinson can change the world and break the color barrier. After Jackie Robinson won the National League Most Valuable Player award, it showed that black players can play at the professional level.
The second point I thought was interesting in this chapter was how much our society stereotypes a race based on sports. For example, if you are watching a track meet, you will most likely see blacks in the sprinting events. If you are watching swimming, you will most likely see whites competing. This is where the problem of stereotypes come into play. According to the book, “Black Americans are, on a whole, less likely to be skilled in swimming than White Americans, yet this is not because of any limitation of their race but rather the cultural implications of their racial history.” I agree with this because in my own experience, Kenyans in running are naturally faster, not because they are Kenyan but because of their cultural background.
I thought this chapter was interesting because race and ethnicity is a topic that America and the world has always struggled with. In today’s sports every race and ethnicity is allowed to play sports and compete at the professional level, and that’s what matters.
While reading chapter 6, Gender in Sport, the topic about Title IX stood out to me and is relevant today. Title IX is an Education Amendment of 1972 that was turned into a law and according to the book the law states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” This law is important today with college athletes because not every school has the same sports that would be available to other schools. For example, some colleges do not have a Men’s Cross Country team and vise versa. One of the issues with Title IX is that athletes will want to go to a school for education and sports but the school will not have the sport. In my personal experience with trying to find a college that had a good education and athletics, most of the schools I looked at did not have a cross country team because of Title IX. In my opinion I think Title IX is good because it gives both genders equality to play a sport.
Reading this chapter made me think about how we as a society communicate sports through social media. Social media has had a huge impact of communication on sports. Every thing that happens in a sporting event is covered to almost every social media platform, with Facebook being the largest. Now and days, not only do fans communicate to each other, but athletes are communicating to fans about how the game went or news about sports. I agree with the book when it talks about how social media can have a positive and negative impact on people or teams. For example, with Twitter, the platform is set up to where people can say what they have to say. To me, Twitter can be a place where drama happens and things could get ugly with players and fans. However, Twitter is a great tool to receive news and special highlights. For me it is helpful because I don’t get the chance to watch television often, so having social media is helpful for when I want to get caught up on news. Social media is a great tool for sports because millions of people use social media and it allows for athletes to communicate with the community. Athletes do not usually, or don’t get the chance to talk to fans one-on-one, so having platforms like Twitter make it easier for fans to reach out to their teams and athletes.
While I was reading this chapter, It made me think about how sports teams and fans have rituals to represent their school. As mentioned in the book, “Ritual can be understood as the means by which myths are enacted or performed.” The book also mentions myths as stories that are celebrated and told to others about the “heroes of sports.” One of my favorite athletes of all time is Babe Ruth. When I was younger and still playing baseball, he is the one I tried to be like. Even though I couldn’t hit a homerun to save my life, I thought his story or myth about his so called “called shot”, was interesting because after he called his shot, he would hit a homerun.
As mentioned earlier, rituals are an important element to sports mythology. When i read this section of the book I thought about the rituals I do with my favorite sports team. When I went to the Texas Bowl I wore my Texas Longhorns sweatshirt to represent that team. When I went to the crowd, I started talking to people I didn’t even know because we already had a connection just because we liked the same football team. Once Texas took the field, they played their fight song and everyone held up the sign language for Texas. After we won the game, they played their victory song, which is a very important ritual with Texas. I thought this chapter was interesting because it made me think about the different rituals and myths that other teams started years ago and how it is still carried on today.
When reading chapter 2 of the book, I enjoyed the different topics of how the community relates to sports. In every day life we communicate with other people through sports, whether it’s talking about sports, practicing with teammates, competing against other athletes, and even social media. This chapter covers four topics that contribute to sports and society: the participant, organizations, media entities, and the fans.
In society today, almost everyone has participated on a sports team or some kind of organization. There are plenty of ways people can participate in sports such as: school teams, YMCA clubs, and AAU leagues. In my athletic career I did not participate in intramurals, I was always traveling with my summer baseball team which was a great experience athletically and socially. Some people only participate in sports to stay healthy and have more of a social life, while others are serious about the sport and participate for their school or professionally. This book talks about amateur athletes and professionally athletes. In my opinion when I am watching a football or baseball game I prefer to watch college ball because I feel like the athletes are trying their hardest to compete. On the other hand, I feel like the professional athletes get somewhat “burned out” and just look forward to having their million dollar paycheck. With that being said, I agree with the book when it says people who participate in sports are healthier mentally and physically.
The sports media entities section of chapter 2 was interesting because there are so many ways people have to communicate for one sporting event. For example, during a football game there is a play-by-play announcer, color analyst, and a sideline reporter. The reason why this section was interesting to me is because communication makes it possible for thousands and even millions to enjoy the game. There are also communicators for the radio, newspaper, and magazines.
Finally, the fans are a huge impact on sports and how the sports are viewed. I agree with the book when it lists the behavioral motivations of fans which are: release, companionship, group affiliation, family, and economics. The most important one to me is companionship because almost all of my friends are athletes and we can relate to each other. Even when I go to a sporting event I usually end up meeting new people and sharing that relation. Another important point is that sporting events like the Olympics brings nations together. In this case, people from different countries can interact with one another even if the two countries are super competitive.
While I was reading the first chapter to this textbook it made me think about how as Americans, we look at sports in every day life. Even though this first chapter of the book is about the different topics that are going to be covered in the class, it made me think about how we look at sports through politics, social media, relationships between coaches and players, gender representation, how athletes carry themselves depending on the sport or sports they play, and many more. The most important topic covered in this book is how people communicate through sports. According to the textbook, “…communication is central to how we play, watch, interpret, and evaluate sports.”
As an athlete I can relate to how sports work and how communication on a sports team is important. I learned life lessons and leadership skills by just playing sports. In sports you will feel negativity from coaches, fans, and the opponents you are competing against. To me, this is important to life outside of sports because life is full of negativity with jobs, school, and personal life. There are many issues today with politics and sports. Some people think that sports should have no connection with the U.S. Military and our nations history. A big issue that was talked about in the book was when NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem. It made me think about how our nation now and days is changing negatively. On the other hand, if the media would have just ignored the one player who took a knee, would we as a nation have this problem? To me, if you are going to be on a professional sports team here in America, you should acknowledge our nations history and tradition.
Social media is the center of how we communicate in this generation and it is highly used with sports. Every time I get on my Twitter or Instagram I always run into on what is going on in the sports world. I think this is a really effective tool because it attracts a larger audience and there will be more people at sporting events. With being a college athlete, social media is important when our team results are put on Instagram or Twitter because my family that cannot make it to the event, can see how I performed and details about the event.
This chapter talks about the relationships that sports has on athletes and coaches. I have had some rough relationships with coaches, but I have also had some positive relationships. Yes, relationships with coaches is important, but most importantly relationships with other athletes is helpful with life outside of sports. Most of the friends I have today are athletes that I compete with and compete against. This is important because it makes the sport you are doing fun and competitive. It is also helpful with social life too because you have friends that can relate to you.
Even though this chapter talks about different topics about communication and sport, it is interesting how we as a community communicate so well through sports. Sports can influence how we talk, act, and show who we really are in character.