Sociology of Sports


Sports have long been a source of entertainment, but in our current society, they are also increasingly important as sources of commerce and prestige. Whether it is soccer, rugby, or boxing, sports are enjoyed by people around the world and are marketed worldwide. Despite this, some critics maintain that sports need to be monitored for their long-term commercial value.

Sociologists have identified the underlying patterns of human behavior in sports. These patterns enable and constrain people’s actions. For example, athletes who are members of the United States national team are more likely to participate in team sports than their counterparts in other national teams. In addition, sports provide a platform for the socialization of people of diverse backgrounds, including those from underprivileged or non-privileged groups.

The origin of modern sports can be traced back to the late 17th century in England. In the Restoration period, the concept of a sports record first emerged. Puritans condemned traditional pastimes and pushed them underground, but this hardly prevented them from resurfacing as an organized form of competition. The Marylebone Cricket Club, founded in 1787, was at the forefront of the development of organized games. During this time, organized sports like cricket and tennis were created, as well as the concept of rationalized competition.

Emotional expression is an important part of the sports experience. These feelings are often shaped by the athletes’ own self-assessment of their performance as well as the evaluations of other spectators. These feelings may be pre-existing, during the performance, or immediately afterward. Many athletes also follow a set of “feeling rules” to manage their emotions. This includes appropriate behaviour during the national anthem or during a post-game victory celebration.