Essay about Influence of Sports on Society.

Sports are an event that has been around in some form or another for many years. Through time, they have gradually evolved into their current state, and will undoubtedly continue to be around for years to come. This is because they always have, and always will be a positive influence on society and individuals. The emergence of professional sports over the past century has unfortunately brought with it some negative effects. However, the positive effects of sports definitely outweigh the negative.
One way in which sports have a positive effect on people is the fact that they draw people together. Whether it is members of a team, or fans rooting for a certain team, sports have always bonded people of different backgrounds together.
Teamwork makes players loyal, builds their courage, and makes them willing to do anything for the good of team. These attitudes learned on the playing field often carry over to a player’s real life as well. This, in turn, helps build their character.
Aside from all these positive influences, recently some negative influences have been brought into sports via professional teams and coverage of sports on television. For instance, bringing too many fans together in a sports arena or stadium can have some disastrous results. Conflicts between fans of two different teams can sometimes become bitterer than the rivalry on the sports field. They can become too drunk and out of hand, which often causes fights to ensue. Riots have also occurred after the victory of an opposing team.
Bad role models are also an issue in professional sports. Kids who watch games on television have favorite players who they, the kids, look up to and want to be like. The problem with this is that some of these players are not exactly the greatest people to look up to. They don’t exercise the same values or have good morals, like a child’s teachers or parents do. Instead, these sports players can be corrupt people who exercise violent behavior, break rules, and abuse drugs. Modeling ones self after someone like this instead of appropriate role models can have a negative effect on a kid.
Money is also another negative influence in sports. It is my personal opinion that money is a great

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