Sport in the USA

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Nature of Sport in America

Backgroud

  • High population that is Young and Powerful
    • Native Indians
    • Large 'pool' for talent
    • Can select people for different sports
    • Large population
  • Marginalisation of British Sports
    • Rugby to American Football
    • Netball to Basketball
    • Rounders to Baseball
  • Some sports reflect frontier / pioneering sports
    • American Football
    • Tough and Physical
  • 'Big Four' dominant sports
    • Ice Hockey
    • American Football
    • Basketball
    • Baseball
  • Sport is a vehicle for achieving the 'American Dream'
    • Rags to Riches
    • Opportunity to become welthy and/or successful
    • 'Land of the Free' - democracy
  • 'Win at all Costs' / 'Win Ethic' / Competitve / Lombardian Ethic
    • Do whatever you have too to win - such as violence in American Football
    • "Winning isn't the most important thing, it's the only thing" - Vince Lombardi
  • Evidence of deviance or match fixing, due to the importance of winning
    • Violence to Win
    • Drug-taking to win
    • Such as…

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