Sport is commonly seen as a part of society. Although one finds the role of sport in society more important than others, the fact is that sports is an essential component of our society. Since sport is a part of our society, it automatically has an influence on its functioning. This means that if groundbreaking things happen in sports, there will directly be noticeable consequences in everyday life. If we talk about effects in the long run, the so-called Heysel tragedy is a good example, in which an x number of people died because they were crushed against fences while standing and watching a football match.
This has led to the prohibition of standing-places from that moment on in football stadiums. It followed that the grandstands got entirely filled with seats. Recently, this issue has become topic of discussion again, since standing during a football match is experienced as more exciting. This paper will focus on the effects caused by sports on society and also the other way around. More specifically, it will be, among other things, about the effects, contributions and influences that sport has on the economy, health and the social and political landscape.
Description Social contributions Sports have always had a positive effect on the society. Although professionalism causes certain negative effects these days, the positive aspects of sports still surpass the aggregate of all the negative aspects of sports in our society. For instance, sports make people communicate and work together so that a bond is created among a team or a group. In addition, fans which support the same team or country are united and brought together. One’s eagerness to win in sports will also be reflected in other aspects of his live.
Doing sports also helps one to create a self-identity. Being able to form a bond with other people and using your abilities in order to perform as best as you can give a sense of recognition. Health and sports Obviously, doing sports also has a positive contribution to one’s health. Overweight and obesity can be fought by doing sports, as well as improving your stamina, which can be useful in everyday life. Regular exercise helps to prevent one from many disease such as osteoporosis, diabetes and possibly certain kinds of cancer.
It is argued that sports have only few disadvantages with regard to health. Getting injured, and especially chronically, is the worst thing that one could happen. Economy and sports Sport has always been an important part of society but it is now becoming an increasingly important part of the economy. Consequently, the measure of the economic impact of sporting events has become a focus of some interest groups including policy makers and sporting officials. It is hard to measure ‘the absolute value’ of sports to the economy.
However, if one looks at certain figures and analysis, it can be concluded that sport-related matters account for a larger and larger part of our GDP. Therefore, it can be said that it contributes to our welfare. Also, the sports industry brings along a lot of jobs: in the US, the sports economy accounted for 434. 000 jobs and a payroll of over 12. 9 billion (dollar). These days, there is a lot of money involved in sports and a hardworking worker earns only a fraction of what a cyclist with a mediocre team earns.
Similarly, in sports like tennis, skating and field hockey, sponsors spend millions a year in order to have their name appear on screen during a match for instance. The wage that is earned by an average sportsman is incredibly high – in particular those earned by football players. Above all, the transfer costs are immense and amount up to millions of euro: Real Madrid paid over 95 million euro for the transfer of the well-known football player Christiano Ronaldo.
The question is, however, whether this could go on or not, since the current state of affairs, with regard to the economy, is not at his best. Arguably, the answer is already there, as the last half year the transfer market has most come to a standstill and clubs have financial problems, the result being a stagnation of the recruiting of new players. Since sports events like the World Cups and Olympics Games can give an enormous boost to a country’s economy, hosting such an event is incredibly popular to many countries’ government.
Although these events require a lot of monetarily and physical investment in for instance the infrastructure, stadiums and the tourist industry, they offer economic, reputational and social benefits for the country where the event is hosted. Sports and politics At times, sports and politics are significantly influential to each other. According to many critics, politics are having, or trying to get too much influence in sports and state that sports are meant to be a venue of entertainment and leisure, instead of one to be taken as seriously as a €200 billion war.
The government is believed to be willing to gain too much influence on regulations and certain rules in the games itself. However, we should take into account that the government funds many sports clubs, which are in fact not able to keep their head above water without financial support of the government. A good example is Apartheid. When Apartheid was still the official policy in South Africa, many sports’ organisations, in particular the rugby union, agreed upon the fact that South African sports’ teams should not be allowed to appear in sports’ competitions and tournaments, as the regime of that time should not be accepted.
Some felt this was a way to stand up against it and something that could help to demolish the policy of apartheid. A second example of political influence on sports are the Olympics Games of 1936, where Adolf Hitler made use of this event to promote superiority of the Aryan race. It was used as a method to enforce unity among Germans. It was also believed that sport was a ‘way to weed out the weak, Jewish, and other undesirables’, according to Hitler. As a result,a lot of Jews and Gypsies were not allowed to participate in this edition of the Olympic Games. Conclusion Evidentially, sports and society are closely connected.
Sports have started to become more and more popular. This is because sports always have, and always will be a positive influence on society and individuals. . Although professionalism causes certain negative effects these days, the positive aspects of sports still surpass all of the negative aspects with regard to sports in our society. One example of a way in which sports have are beneficial to people is the fact that players themselves or fans of a certain team are drawn together. As well as bringing people together, sports have also positive influences on one’s physical and social condition.