Sports are a popular form of entertainment and they provide pleasure to people all over the world. But for some, sports are not just recreational, but also are a source of prestige, power, and distinction. The modern world has a thriving sports industry, and a vast array of sports are available to fans. This article explores the economic value of sports and the role they play in society.
Sports are competitive activities that involve two or more people playing at the same time. Such activities include tennis, squash, ping-pong, wrestling, motorcycling, and board games. Some sports are played by two or more people at a time, while others are played by one person and others. Regardless of their purpose, the sport is played under established rules, and a recognised organisational structure oversees the process, rules, and outcomes. The rules help provide meaning and give sports their formality.
In the early 20th century, print media began dedicating space to sports coverage. Even the august New York Times produced a large sports section. The public’s thirst for sports news was so great that daily sports newspapers emerged in many countries. In France, L’Equipe was one such publication. It was founded in 1921, and traces its roots to that year.
The history of sports coverage is a complex one. The evolution of mass media and sports has shaped the development of both institutions. Increasing market share and new technologies allowed mass media to reach a wider audience. Increasingly, commercial mass media saw sports as low-cost content and an ideal way to capture audiences for advertisers. Meanwhile, state and public media saw sporting events as an opportunity to reinforce national culture and promote patriotism.