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Sporting Culture

August 4, 2010

World Cup 2010 is the biggest sporting spectacle this year. Even those in Australia who don’t follow soccer (football) passionately supported the Socceroos in their quest for World Cup glory.

How much is sport worth to you?
As described in Sydney Morning Herald Article, in Somalia, watching the World Cup is illegal and as reported “Two Somali football fans have been killed by Islamic militants after being caught watching World Cup matches“. Sheik Mohamed Abdi Aros describes this sporting event as “a waste of money and time and they will not benefit anything or get any experience by watching mad men jumping up and down“. It’s tragic to hear about the deaths, there is a definite breakdown in ideals for those who follow the culture of sport and those who view it as a worthless pursuit to engage in.

In NSW supporters dressed in their club colours religiously attend rugby league games cheering on their team weekly and according to NRL Figures over 85,000 attended last year’s grand final between Melbourne and Paramatta.

It’s hard to describe what drives the sporting culture? Marcia Henin describes the main reason for watching sport is “people like to watch competitions is because they tend to identify themselves with the winners“. I think it’s hard to fathom that the interest is simply people projecting their sporting heroes wins upon themselves.

I believe some grew up with the parents supporting a team and the kids following suit. For others it’s the thrill of the competition where every split second decision can result in a win or loss. I feel it’s more of an escapism in something bigger, the sense of belonging and following a particular team and sharing the euphoria of a win (or the sadness of a loss).

References

Football fans executed for watching World Cup
June 15, 2010
http://www.smh.com.au/world-cup-2010/world-cup-news/football-fans-executed-for-watching-world-cup-20100615-ybrj.html

Storms vs Eels Grand Final 2009
October 4, 2009
http://www.nrl.com/telstrapremiership/scores/tabid/10240/roundid/833/fixtureid/5801/infotabid/4/default.aspx

Why do we like to watch sport competitions?
by Marcia Henin
http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/39157/recreation_and_sports/why_do_we_like_to_watch_sport_competitions.html