Growth of Spectator Sport

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  • Growth of Spectator Sport
    • Increased Leisure time
      • more public holidays
        • bank holidays
          • laws which meant workers got paid holiday time
        • laws decreased hours worked by adults allowed more time to attend events
        • travel across country to follow preferred sport
    • better transport
      • trains
        • cheap transport
        • stadiums built near stations
      • cars
        • more people started to own cars after 1950's
        • improved motorway links
        • spectators could travel across country to follow their teams
    • influence of radio
      • 1922 BBC started broadcasting
        • 1927, first live broadcast of sporting event
      • this meant if you couldn't attend an event in person, you could still listen
      • raised popularity
    • Creation of leagues
      • competition across season
      • made following a particular sport more interesting
      • maintains interest for longer
    • Town rivalries
      • local derbies add interest and competition
      • one team wins one season, interest to see who wins following season
    • development + popularity of major sports
      • radios
        • wireless sets appeared in peoples houses in 1020's
          • people could find out results a lot quicker
      • radio times
        • published grids, in order to ascertain in which area of the pitch the action was taking place from listening to the radio
      • TV
        • first live broadcast in 1937
          • arsenal V arsenal reserves

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