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Media Influence On Sport

When communication is spread not just between two individuals but rather between tens of millions of people it is known as mass media. Mass media is known as the central nervous system of society. “Mass media has many different purposes, such as providing information, entertaining, persuading and also by carrying a vague general function of culture to millions of people. “(Frederick 18). In order for mass media to exist, there must be an audience. Today’s society is very selective; each receiver reacts differently through his or her own experience and orientation according to mass media.

Therefore, mass media exists n many different forms such as magazines, television, newspapers, internet, motion pictures, and even plays. Some examples of these forms of mass media are cosmopolitan magazine for young modern women and TSN television network for sports fans. With such extreme varieties of mass media existing in today’s societies there are three major constraints that seem to have an impressionable impact. These constraints can keep mass media very restricted. The major constraint of mass media is competition.

Each form of mass media wants to be the one to target the audience, so therefore competition between mass media is very trong, because capturing the inside of the sports world is critical. Apart from the competition among the various forms of media there is also competition among each form of the media example Fox network competes with all television networks for a market share of the audience. Network companies such as Fox buy the contracts to show American football games for millions of dollars, which they in turn make their money back through companies wanting to advertize on their network during these football games.

The audience Fox attracts by showing these games also provides an audience for companies wanting to advertise their roducts and provides potential customers for their products. This life cycle exists in all forms of media apart from just television, newspapers try to cover the best stories in all areas of life from tradegy to sports and entertainment. From a sociological stand point in today’s society sex and violence attracts audiences. By examining the internet, which is the newest form of mass media internet companies that provide the most outrageous websites with sex and violence are the most watched websites.

Media Companies compete with each other on those levels by looking at what attracts the most attention and trying to rovide it. Although the audience are the ones who decide what information is important and this decides what groups of mass media get the most attention the influence of the media in today’s world really guides them in helping them make that decision without their actual knowledge. If your story isn’t important to the audience then your media is taking up space, so therefore you either have to produce what the audience wants or you will not be able to survive in the competitive world of mass media.

In order to survive in society you must offer the general public information they are interested in. Money also puts onstraints on what an individual gets to know. If a person can’t afford to buy a television that is restricting them on the knowledge that they are able to consume. Also, companies run on budget plans, and if there is no money in the budget, they are unable to provide information to a society. For every story that is produced, or every television commercial aired that could have been many more, to follow.

But with limited money in the budget plans, an audience’s view also becomes very limited, because if the media doesn’t have the money to produce the information that is information that a society loses out on. Time is also another constraint because is doesn’t make a difference on the amount of media there is, there will only be twenty four hours in each day and not all a person’s time can be devoted to the effects of mass media. With the consideration of all these constraints this may create many difficulties for mass media, these difficulties will have a reflection on society as well.

In media these constraints are known as noise. “All media within each other create noise, but with all the conflicting views, within lies a pattern, that shows some element of truth. ” (Frederick 10). The purpose of this paper is o state how mass media influences sport. The point that is being made in this paper is to show how mass media influences society, and how it influences sports within a society. To show how sport influences society, the game of basketball will be used. Mass media is a reflection of society. Mass media are essential agents of social change, and the specific kind of social change they are expected to help accomplish in the transition to new customs and practices, and in some cases, to different social relationships. ” (D’seuza 27). Also agents of social control exist. As a result of all these alterations a ignificant change in an individuals attitudes, beliefs, skills and social norms may result. Before the existence of radio, mass media were barely existent except in print. But with all the developments in technology mass media continually progresses, in many different directions.

Different individuals are selective in the way that they let mass media influence their lives. For example, if a person decides to read a book they are getting to determine what aspects of the mass media they consume. “Books are the most individual of mass media. ” (Frederick 156). But when a person watches television it is ot as personal as reading a book, television is built into society. ” Television’s commercial and entertainment emphasis both reflect and affect the hedonistic and acquisitive nature of contemporary America. (Frederick 264).

With the constant production of commercials and varying types of entertainment there seems to rising controversy throughout society. Mass media has many positive effects on many people, in countries such as India, mass media had made a tremendous change. People in rural communities are now able to communicate back and forth, children of this country are now able to obtain and xpand on their education, there are continuous improvements in their health care system and even modern agricultural techniques are being developed.

These results of the mass media in India have had many positive effects on their society. But not everybody agrees that mass media has had a positive effect, some believe that it has damaged societies beyond repair. Since mass media has such an overwhelming influence on society, it may end up shaping the way and individual thinks. A good example of this is through advertising. “It is advertising, by large, that supports the United States’ pervasive and xtraordinary diverse mass media system. Advertising major focus is the better you display a commodity the more of the commodity you sell.

The private sector gives the advertising industry the money to sell their products, and the company that offers the most capital is the one who gets their product aired. This is where one of our major constraints, known as, competition comes into play. Whatever company holds the most capital decides what we as a society get to consume. Advertisers will say that they produce what the consumer demands but on the other hand they are putting many limits on what we get to consume. With the constant growth of mass media many individuals have been offered tremendous opportunities.

This paper will use the influences of mass media in the world of sports, too show examples of these opportunities. Both the positive and negative effects of the mass media will be outlined. The first reported Sports Coverage appeared on May 5 1733. Reporters used to report on the philosophy. Electronic media: (i. e. type written stories), started to be used in 1850. In the 1920’s radio stations started to broadcast sporting events live. Experimental Television broadcast where started in the 1950’s.

Sports Illustrated prints an average of three million copies per week. Sport has become an influential part of the entertainment industry, the mass media (particularly television) have become intimately involved in the growth, production, and control of modern sports. ” ( McPherson 146). “The term mass media provides information describes the process that allows people to communicate rapidly and simultaneously with a large percentage of the population. ” ( McPherson 146). In our society sports are a major part of a new mass culture, as well as popular music, movies and television shows. Most people watch sports through the television.

People also follow sport thought magazines and radio. From watching the television programs and reading the reports our society learns to love and/or hate the sports icons in our world. The media does not seem to hold anything back. Media coverage is not just limited to professional sports. They cover amateur sports as well. These sports are covered at a local, provincial and national level. Coverage is from anywhere from little league to college sports. We as a society like to know all the information about our sports heroes. The mass media is more then willing to provide us with this information.

Sometimes they provide more information then most of us want to know. The boundaries of people’s personal privacy are denied. They find out the history, family background, current lifestyle etc. of these players. There are not to many other people in our society that this happens to. These players most feel that there privacy is being invaded almost all of the time. This is not just isolated to sports figures, politicians and key public figures are in the spotlight as well. Most major sports clubs pay reporters to report on their teams.

By doing this it protects them so that the reports will report on the positive aspects of their teams. The negative aspects are toned down to some extent. They need to provide some negative aspects because if they didn’t they then a lot of people may lose interest. An example of this is that you don’t see as many highlight reels of home runs anymore. They want to promote the game as more of technecical product The media chooses what they report or do not report they enhance certain act and downplay others. People perceive the media as just report in the facts.

In actuality they are report a narrated story that someone as composed. As Alan and John Clarke said: “It selects between sports for those which make “good television”, and it selects within a particular event, it highlights aspects for the viewers. This selective highlighting is not “natural or inevitable – it is based on certain criteria, certain media assumptions about what is ‘good television. ” But the media not only select they also provide us with definitions of what has been selected. They interpret events for us, provide us with frameworks of meaning in which to make sense of the event.

To put it simply, television does not merely consist of pictures, but lso involves a commentary on the pictures-a commentary which explains to us what we are seeing … these selections are socially constructed-they involve decisions about what to reveal to the viewers. The presentation of sport thought the media involves an active process of re-presentation: what we see is not the event, but the event transformed into something else-a media event. ” ( Eitzen 98-99). Sports media has it’s own language. This language is both ethnically and gender focused.

When people are reporting sports events they report differently male then female players, black then white players, just for ome examples. Most white players receive performance; related comments directed towards them. On the other hand black players receive negative comments and also you also hear negative comments about their level of play. “White players received more attention in replays and more excuses for mistakes (e. g. , he is playing with an injury)” (McPherson 155). While a black player they might say doesn’t possess the skills and that is way they couldn’t compete.

The media portray women in the sports society as not being the equal to men. More attention is focused on male sporting events. If an advertiser is going to fund female basketball game and or a male basketball game then the money would be mainly directed the towards the men’s game. The advertiser has to go to the event that is going get the most viewers. “If women are portrayed less frequently than their participation merits and if stereotypical or negative themes are stressed when women are included, this may have an impact on the socialization of young girls’ and boy’ view of women’s sport. (McPherson 155). If we do not promote young girls to follow their dreams, not only in sport but: in every part of life then they may be missing out on something. When we do his it may discourage young girls to play sports. Because for so many years our society has told women and girls that they could not play sports or at least could not play them as well as men. This theory has been disproved over the years.

The media is starting to release this and they are now focusing more time then they did to women’s sport. They are televising women’s basketball, tennis, golf, etc. ore often. The part that still needs to be focused on again is the commentary. People would suggest that all commentary is equal i. e. , black and white athletes as discussed earlier. Commentators tend to portray female thletes as the lesser/weaker of the two genders. In women’s basketball gender is marked both verbally and graphically. The NCAA final four is a prime example; the men’s final is known as and presented to us by the media as “NCAA FINAL FOUR”. Where as the women’s final four is presented to us by the media as “NCAA Women’s Championship”.

In actuality they are both the final four but the media has created “NCAA FINAL FOUR”. This (the men’s final four) is the most viewed college tournament of the year. If they differentiate them then they can focus on the markets they want to. The men’s championship hey are going to focus mainly on males 18 to 22 years of age. This way they can gear their advertising accordingly. The media control sport in the fact that the teams and organizations depend on the media in order for them to survive financially.

During major sporting events changes are made to appeal to the television audiences, some of these changes are; sudden death games, scheduling evening games, broadcasters to entertain instead of just report facts, TV time outs, more media representative at Olympics then competitors. Sponsorship in the sports world is huge, Companies pay unbelievable amounts of money to teams as ell as to players to promote their products. These companies may choose a player as a child and follow their career to help boost their sales in their products.

The media helps create a link between the players or athletes and their audience by showcasing these athletes in programs even outside their playing arenas. The players are presented as gods or icons to the audience which makes these sporting events even more popular. Promoters use marketing ploys “like to be best you need to wear what the best wears”. Children then go to their parents and express the desire for these items. The mass media are he main sources of capital for sports teams, college as well as professional.

They dictate when and where games are going to be played and also decide which teams are going to receive the most attention by the audience who are the viewers. It is not by chance that “Monday Night Football” is on at that particular time because . This gives the promoter the choice to focus on their niche market. I’m sure the players don’t want to play on Monday night at 9:00pm. If you are a promoter it doesn’t matter to you, you go where the money is. In a sense this make the players puppets for the promoters. Careers of players can also be affected by the mass media.

Dennis Rodman would not be the person he is today if the mass media didn’t dive into every facet of his life. He loves the show and the media promotes his performance on and off the court to the public. Basketball was invented as a recreational sport, but now considered a universal sport. The introduction of this sport to the rest of the world started in the late nineteenth century as a form of recreation. Universities began incorporating this new recreational game into their sporting activities and were considered a male oriented sport.

Women were not recognized at the time as basketball players even if they had an interest in the sport. Throughout the years basketball was transformed from a recreational sport into competitive sport and the players competed for a prize which in its early existence was a trophy or medal. The media in all forms such as television, radio, Internet and newspapers never took an interest in the sport until the end of world war two. At the time people’s interest in the sport was growing rapidly mainly because of the transformation of the sport from a recreational sport to a competitive sport.

Universities and private businessmen who spotted the potential success of the sport invested their capital in building stadiums for athletes of the sport to compete. In the early 1950’s professional leagues were starting to develop across the United States as more private business men realized profits in relative terms meaning essentially the profits made were considered great in that time period. At the time the main form of media in households across the United States was the radio and newspaper few households had televisions and live coverage of games were seen by a few.

The rules and the format of the game ad to be changed to make the game more interesting to fans of the sport and many sports historians contribute basketball transformation over the years to the media involvement. Media coverage of sporting events such as basketball grew dramatically as more and more households had both radios and televisions. In fact the television a medium contributed the most to the transformation of basketball. The media has shaped the public’s opinion on basketball and through the media people seem to have a more profound interest in the sport of basketball.

In the early years of basketball’s introduction to the western world he average age for men to participate in the sport was 17 years old now boys and girls start from the early age of 7 years old. The participation level in the sport was heavily influenced by the media, the sport which was label a male sport has now seen a drastic increase in women participation over the years due mainly to media attention and coverage. In the 1950’s and 1960’s athletes competing in the professional leagues of basketball did not even make enough money sometimes to support themselves and had to find other jobs part time to generate a better source of income.

The main mental frame of mind of athletes in that sport in the 1950’s was winning. Today with media coverage and the average life span of a players career increasing most players in their early years try to make money through endosments and large contract deals and do not concentrate on the main goal of a competitive sport which is winning until the later stages of the career when money no longer becomes an issue. In the NBA, media coverage has increased the capacity of “fans” for teams mainly due to the fact that the invention of television and other technological advancements which ttempts to bring the games and players into the households.

People no longer have to attend games to be considered a fan of the sport or cheer their favorite team or player. Fans of the sport can enjoy the entertainment of a basketball game in the pleasure of their home which in sense could be considered better than actually going to the game live because it is much cheaper than going to the game. Media coverage of basketball extends further than just the NBA to high school, NCAA (collegiate basketball) and both sexes male and female are showcased nowadays, although basketball was considered a male sport.

The media ttention on women’s basketball has actually increased women participation in basketball and could be considered the main contributor to the expansion of women’s basketball although women actually fought against sexism in basketball the media really helped their expansion efforts. The media has really expanded the game of basketball to international arenas and countries have now established their own leagues, which are actually competitive with American leagues such as the NBA and CBA.

Media in all forms has created such an audience for the sport of basketball countries with established leagues compete for layers with the NBA although they probably don’t get the best players as yet but the growth of these leagues show the potential to reach the status of the NBA some day. The media could take full responsibility of creating the growth of basketball in the world, most schools and government programs that provide recreation for children and adults build basketball courts, which shows the growth of the sport, which is as a direct result of media, attention.

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