Imagine you are sitting at a baseball game eating cracker jacks or at a football game yelling because your team scored or you could be yelling at the refs because they made a bad call. There are many people that love sports but there was also a lot of people that loved sports when they became popular in the 1920’s. Sports have came a long why since then. They have became more competitive, the skill levels have improved a lot, and they are also easier to watch and keep up with because of how far technology has came.
Today the sports industry is a multi-billion dollar business and everyone knows that with hard work and potential you could walk into a world where your next sponsoring deal is just around the corner, but where does this whole industry have its roots?
Before the 1920’s, football was overshadowed by baseball and it’s rising superstars, which largely gained popularity through the use of media. When analyzing the rise of college football in America, it is no surprise that media had the same impact on it’s growth in popularity.
Athletic competitions known as the Olympic games were revived in 1896, after the initial games, held in Greece every four years from 776 b.c.e to 393 c.e, in the effort to bring the world together in a healthy competition. Following several years of planning, key factors that shaped the modern Olympic games were the rise of feminism, nationalist rivalry, and capitalism.
The early 1900s was a time of industrialization and economic prosperity in the United States. Following after World War 1, there were several events that followed like the Harlem Renaissance, the invention of televisions, the advent of credit and the Golden Age of American Sports. The United States had a very strong economy during America’s post-war and many workers had more free time. Advances in architecture resulted in new and bigger stadiums and radios were becoming a social norm. Radios made it easier for citizens to keep up with their favorite teams and newspapers often talked about the popular topics surrounding sports. With the rise of spectator sports, one sport had the greatest impact of all, and it was baseball.
The 70s were a time of disco, polyester suites, pet rocks, but also a time that many felt self-absorbed and challenging. Generally speaking, they were mostly the time of political justice and the rights of women and African Americans. Therefore as the U.S got more in the 70s, they found themselves to be sinking down into a difficult situation of political corruption.
The 1920’s is referred to the “Golden Age” of American Sports. The United States had strong opinions about sports during this time. Several people had more free time, which means stadiums and sports centers were being made constantly. Babe Ruth was one of the most famous baseball players in the 1920’s. Babe was very inspirational to thousands of people all over the world. Ruth always got the stands rolling in excitement by his home runs, which tended to be better than all the other players on the team (Sports). Social media, television, and the radio has a huge effect as to why people are so influenced to play sports. Most people will see most sports on television, but otherwise they see or hear it from social media and the radio (Covil). Baseball was the biggest, most popular sport in the 1920’s. Most people were either going to baseball games, following baseball on social media, or playing baseball themselves, which is how all the famous baseball players were created (Sports). The 1920’s was a time for the “newbies” in the sports era to begin
Did you know that the 90s were the golden age of PC gaming? Sports were also a huge aspect in the 90s. Sports like Baseball, Football, Tennis, or even golf. There’s a wide variety of sports you could choose to watch and/or play. But did you ever think about what in the world could impact these sports? The 1990s had many historical and social events that impacted sports.
Due to a prospering economy throughout the roaring twenties, workers had increased leisure time to do as they pleased. With this extra time, many people found themselves getting drawn into the realm of sports. This resulted in an increase in sport media. Since the 1950s sport media has evolved tremendously into what it is today.
After the demise of college soccer in 1876, working class communities in the US adopted the game, taking on the rugby/gridiron form of soccer. It is interesting to note that this trend took place at the same time in Europe and the US. The development could be seen in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City, also spreading rapidly to Fall River and New Redford (MA) by 1870s. The game also clashed with the popular sport of baseball in the US, considered as American past time.
Soccer began in the colonies of America. Specifically in the Jamestown settlement. In the beginning soccer was mostly played by schoolboys and college teams, however it was known as upper-lass. It is commonly believed that the Oneida club in Boston in 1962 is the first club to have a regular schedule of players. Before 1862 soccer was a game with no clear or definite rules. It was only after the civil war, that soccer gained popularity but, mostly among students. And every school or college played by a different set of rules. For example some schools would played soccer with innings like in volleyball or baseball game. The “Beadle & Company from New York published the first official rulebook in 1866 for association football” (The History of soccer)
The sun illuminates countless all-American names, with the occasional Coke or Papa John’s sponsor signs. The play clock ticks down to zero, and the stadium is finally filled to maximum capacity. Kickoff commences, players scramble across the field, and suddenly the only problems in the world hinge on if the Nike plastered football is past the downs marker. There are the elite suites high above the stadium cloaked in shade, but the majority are cramped and blisteringly hot. We are all united as one, cheering our team to victory, and thriving on the culture that is modern day sports. Every aspect of game day, from the Nike apparel to the intricate regulatory facets within the game itself, developed from influences that existed in the era between
Sport is an integral and inseparable part of the American history and culture. Millions of people are either active participants or passive spectators of sports events. Americans worship sportsmen and sportswomen being ready to watch their celebrities at any cost. The popularity of sports is growing from year to year. Thus, the aim of the paper is to trace the popularity of sports in the United States rooted in its history, promoted by the political and economic changes, highlighted by the educational purpose, and grown up by the society 's needs. Historical, political, economic, and technological development, diversity of the US population, great attention to sports in the US educational system and mass media have caused great popularity of sports in the United States.