A couple of days ago I watched a video about a small community that had a bunch of kids come together and form their own soccer team and became famous. As I thought more and more about the video, I realized how sports played a huge role in our social lives. I mean, the fact that a myriad of kids came together to play a sport and go with it after years of playing shows that sports have a very powerful effect on people.
I found some very interesting things about sports, such as the fact that during the period when General Franco ruled in Fascist Spain, Catalans were only allowed to show their flag in the football stadium or else they could be imprisoned or even tortured. Sports even changed history, as African-Americans Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson helped break social barriers in sports. Sports also help us admire other people and their lifestyles. Nowadays, Blacks, whites, Asians, and Latinos play together on the same field. In a way a field, court, or a stadium is like an embassy and the players are the ambassadors. Something else important is that sports helps to spread ideas and goods around with people traveling to not only watch the game, but eat local foods, meet fans from foreign places, and learn the history and social life of the new land. Lastly, sports are a great way and maybe even a fundamental way to get to make friends the different peoples across the world.
Even in your area, sports are probably one of the best ways to connect with people. For example, the Super Bowl’s extreme popularity makes it an ideal opportunity for many companies to make commercials. I even heard that some people only watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials.
So another way sports are influential are that a plethora of companies advertise alongside with the programs, allowing a more diverse audience to become interested. Finally, sports also define countries and people by rank. For example, the US is usually one of the top 10 countries in the Olympics or how Michael Phelps won a gold medal in 2008. A hilarious example would be the match between Brazil and Germany last summer.