The Evolution of the Modern Sportscape
Sports refer to any physical activity undertaken for the purpose of having fun and/or obtaining physical benefits. Most people think of sports when they imagine someone else playing or doing something. Some examples of sports include ice hockey, American football, baseball, softball, soccer, rugby, track and field, and softball. Sports can be competitive or non-competitive. Examples of non-competitive sports include gardening, riding, and bowling.
Sports have been actively pursued by man for centuries, and were once part of daily life. Archaeological evidence indicates that men and women engaged in rough and tumble fights, threw spears and weapons, and engaged in wrestling, boxing, and horseback riding. Sports developed into organized competitions during the middle ages, with the onset of the 20th century. Modern sports developed out of these organized competitions, and the games that developed were typically associated with particular events such as track and field, tennis, polo, baseball, swimming, and golf. A participant in a modern sports competition can also be considered a participant in a cultural event.
There have been two world wars that have played major roles in the development of the modern sport. The first was the First World War which left the sporting arena with an often-hostile atmosphere. The Second World War brought an end to the First World War and changed the focus of sports to a more military domain. In addition to the Second World War, another major influence on sports in the 20th century has been the evolution of motor vehicles.
Motor vehicle racing became a truly popular sport in the early twentieth century, and this excitement carried over into the British sports scene as well. Cars and other automobiles became a fixture of the sports landscape around the country. From auto racing to Formula One motor racing, the automobile became an important feature of the modern British sports scene. Motor racing became one of the most popular spectator sports in the world, and a number of different classes of motorsport emerged, including Motorbike racing, which incorporated several different types of motor vehicles into its definition.
Throughout the 20th century, the term “sport” itself underwent several changes, but one thing did remain constant: the competitions and events that defined the sport were held within a set framework, and often within a defined location. Sport events were usually based on a particular sport or event, and the sports themselves were often held within arenas, tracks, or sports facilities. Sports often had an element of skill involved in their design and execution. In the same way that the games of golf and tennis evolved from games of skill into events that required skill, the modern sports industry has developed similarly designed games, many of which are now recognized internationally.
Today, the modern sports landscape is quite different. Promotion and marketing of particular sports events has been a much less prominent role in the evolution of modern sports. Stadium seating is almost entirely removed from most modern sporting events, with most sports competition taking place behind closed doors. Sports competition largely stems from the ability to quantify and create a level playing field. In other words, the game isn’t as much about talent as it is about the ability to properly market oneself and attract sponsors and audiences.