In the wake of the Olympics, an event that drew much speculation as a possible target of attack, I thought it might be fun to discuss the effect that
sports culture has, specifically in America.
It can't be denied that athletics is a huge part of American culture.
from business insider highlights the NFL as the biggest league
by revenue (9 bil in 2010) which combined with NBA, MLB and NHL generate over 20 billion/yr.
Here is an article from
of the highest
paid athletes of the last year. Floyd Maywhether tops the list with 85 mil.
The Pro leagues have impacts beyond economics too, with cultural icons like Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin, who were both included on Time's 100 most
But the meaty stuff is how sports culture applies to the education system. When most think of the "cool crowd" in grade school, the association is the
What effect does this have on the psychology of the young intellectuals? Would anyone go as far as saying the sports culture and it's cousins bullying
and sex are deliberate attempts to stunt the growth of young minds?
Or do the benefits of physical health/strength involved in sports provide a balance?
How about college athletes and the special treatment that they recieve? A story this morning about University of North Carolina, which is a top
UNC has hired a private consulting firm, headed by former congressman and governer James Martin, to investigate classes in the African American
studies program that had "irregularities" in the way they were taught. These classes were comprised of 50% athletes. One class in particular had a
roster of 19 that included 18 football players.
ESPN UNC article 8/17
Academic scandals involving athletic programs seem to be the norm more than special case....
Penn State goes without saying....
Gambling, game fixing, Pete Rose, Black Sox...
How about the unique crowd generating ability of sporting events? Any thoughts on attack potential? Or metaphysical energy harnessing?
Any thoughts on American sports culture? Effects on education/child psychology/attitudes? Pro athletes as role models? Game fixing? Athletes and sex?
I'll end with a personal note. I love sports, I'm watching Dan Patrick right now...played high school baseball and competitve travel ball in
summer...but nothing like these d1 athletes.
A few years back I went to hang out with my buddy from high school, who plays on UAlbany's football team. We're sitting on his back porch, just
talking, and a group of six good looking girls walk up and introduce themselves and asks if we want to party with them tonight. Can tell you this
much, it had nothing to do with me. Noone gets that type of treatment like athletes...
Spelled psychology wrong in the title, crap, can I fix that?
edit on 17-8-2012 by MassOccurs because: title psychology misspelled