There’s a commercial about letting the fan out. The wild free feeling of pleasure, blowing off steam, showing an inner you. The excitement rarely associated with daily work. Fair to imagine not all hires of sporting organizations were devoted fans, if at all. Same for owners, administrators, students, faculties, players, sponsors, reporters. More so, folks wishing on field success can be explained because such finishes run coincidental to individualized goals or acknowledgment to politicized climates. Applicable across industries. We all wonder whether attendance for contest, socializing, networking. Is there a bias preferential of male over female athletic matches? Does the type sport matter? Are you actually supporting the team, specific player, employment prospect, business interest? Bottom line, a genuine fan or play acting? Factually, we just might simply appreciate its added value, smiles, laughter, involvement, interactions, entertainment. Numerous sports too vast to sort; but we are familiar of football, basketball, baseball, soccer, skateboarding, car racing, biking, volleyball; professional, college, high school, pee-wees. And no blinders to ever-growing gambling influences; online betting, Vegas parlors, office pools, movie labeled bookies.
In present day context, college football had seismic weekend games, once again re-shaping playoff landscape. Clemson, Oklahoma State, Alabama strengthen; Michigan State, Texas Christian University, Florida State faltered. Still plenty of season left for aftershocks. National Football League hitting halfway mark with historical precedent of most unbeaten teams remaining; yet, full of surprising results in standings when compared to preseason expectations. Also rounding the corner in gallops is women college volleyball. Quite competitive at times. Get ready for tournament action within two weeks. The top three are Southern California, Texas, and Florida. The annual college basketball march to march madness now begins. North Carolina wears the bull’s eye for Division 1 Men; Connecticut for Women. Furthermore, with contracts settled, the National Basketball Association retakes seat in sports’ importance. Regarding NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Chase 2015, Jeff Gordon leads the pack. Let’s not forget, marking a fantastic come from behind victory, the Kansas City Royals are World Series Champion of Major League Baseball. And the beat does go on.
When sports broadcast contracts are announced, for the most major segments, the amounts are in billions. Sports like sex sells, pardon the analogy. All walks of life want part of the mix. Taking off the shades, this industry has pitfalls. Illustrating, many laypeople know the upheld battle from physical injuries; so too the Achilles heel of sports figuratively and literally; using some coin of two dichotomies. A chance for new rising stars to shine to a devastating way to end outstanding or promising careers, based on the serious nature. However, headlining circumstances are quickly forgotten or moved to the rear if wins begin, continue, accumulate; where losses pile up, understanding maybe, disdain possibly, criticism certainly. No matter the glorification, deaths, concussions, broken limbs occur yearly. A reminder of our body’s frailty, in the best conditioning. But such health dangers as much reside by threat from accidents; perhaps via planes, automobiles, drunk drivers, abusive behaviors, criminal activities, mischievous undertakings, clumsiness, having fun times. Consequently, we the people persist in playing, watching, betting, attending, and engaging social and business opportunities with respect to it. Well documented, we personalize the experience desired. We vicariously share thru our favorite team the elation of victories and pain of losses. The question bears repeating; are we displaying true love for the game or following the money?