The Impact of Professional Sports on Society
A sports movie is basically a film genre which makes use of sports as the central theme of the movie. It’s a fictional production where a particular sport, event, fan of sport, or player of sport are heavily involved, and that rely heavily on sports to some extent for their story inspiration or resolution. There are a lot of famous sports movies that have won several awards over the decades, including “nosis”, “The Deerhunter”, and “Pitch” (the first film by Clint Eastwood). The best sports movie of recent years was “SIrrors”. Directed by none other than Clint Eastwood, the movie featured a number of famous sports personalities from all over the globe – and ended up winning several awards at the Oscars, including for Best Picture.
Aside from films based on professional sports, there are also movies about minor sports in North America. For example, there was the award-winning “Lucky Number Slevin” about the little league baseball team in rural Minnesota. Or the more recent “NCAA” series starring ESPN’s Rachel McLish, who played the role of an aspiring sports star who goes to the University of Alabama for a college football career. However, the most successful sports movie of all time may be “NCBJ” (based on the National Collegiate Athletic Association), which followed the story of an young woman in New Jersey who became a star soccer player at the expense of a handsome coach from her home country. She later went on to play professional soccer with Barcelona and Chelsea, two of the biggest clubs in the world today. There have been many sports movies made about the women athletes in Hollywood as well, from ” autobiographies” to documentaries.
In a broader sense, sports provide us a unique window into our society, the physical activities that unite us as a people, the competition among people of all ages, cultures, and races, and the sense of achievement when we accomplish something amazing. Without sports, we wouldn’t have such an array of professional athletes to appreciate. Sports provide us with an outlet for our competitive nature and the social stimulation that can boost our moral and personal values.