The pros and cons of sports culture influence on people

We have often heard that Sports brings people together. No matter the difference in opinions, political beliefs, ethnicities, religion or sexual identity, people conjoin and consolidate when it comes to sports. They find common ground and a shared interest.

We have seen many instances of this at our very own facility. We air sports games live during the week and get crowds of more than 400. There is a great atmosphere where strangers talk to each other about how they came to support a particular team. Often you reinstate your faith in humanity by just witnessing such things.

Much of it stems from human psychology. We are naturally attracted to people who share our own beliefs and interests. When two people see each other wearing the same sports club jersey, they feel a sense of togetherness. It is kind of like a universal language.

And yet, sports can sow the seed of discord as well. While it is not visible in the United States, fights and rioting are part and parcel of sports in a few cases in Europe and Latin America, especially when it comes to soccer. In particular, the fan culture in countries like Russia, Argentina and Serbia is known to be chaotic. There have been many recorded cases of violence.

There is a famous case in Manchester, England, where a played was once fined GBP 50,000 and convicted of assault when a fan came marauding from the stands, hurling racial abuse at the player. The player in this case was famous French soccer player Eric Cantona. He lashed out at the fan with his feet in retaliation, causing a minor injury.

Fans also tend to take it too much when it comes to betting. The exhilaration of winning big and the frustration and anger at losing your money is what makes sports betting a controversial debate. Despite the legalization in Delaware and other states, there remains an open-ended concern.

Although a certain amount of bickering between fans does add some color to sports culture, we have to be wary of taking it too far. At the end of the day, it is important to note that sports is just a form of entertainment. It doesn’t have to consume us emotionally.

4 MLB teams with the best fan culture and loyalty

Baseball is an integral part of Chicago life. With the White Sox and the Cubs representing the city, there is no lack of anticipation and action in terms of baseball. The MLB is watched by more than 80% of Chicago residents.

Something striking about Americans in general is that they love to compare teams. And by compare, we mean compare on the basis of logic and statistics. Teams are ranked on basis of offence, defense, titles won, consistency and many other variables.

We thought we would come up with our own list of MLB teams in 2017, in terms of factors that are outside the statistical evaluation of performance. These ranking are based on brand strength, fan culture and likeability in general.

Kansas City Royals

The 2016 MLB world series winners are our favorite as far as this list is concerned. The victory parade at the aftermath of the win was amazing and fabulous to watch. If you are a neutral, you would want to support a team where you wouldn’t see a bunch of spoilt, overpaid sports stars. The royals are only a mere 14th in the league in terms of payroll budget, but the best in terms of commitment and dedication.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates have been the favorite of neutrals for many years until now. Their fans are ever so committed and passionate about their team despite the fact that they were swimming at the bottom for many long, painful years.

New York Mets

The Mets are perhaps the most famous team outside the United States. Even many non-baseball fans have heard of the Mets. Despite the team being inconsistent on the field, they have managed to maintain their fan loyalty over the decades.

Boston Red Sox

In terms of away stadium attendance, the Red Sox are right up there at the top. Although their home stadium is smaller than average to accommodate all their fans, one can almost envy the Red Sox for their fan loyalty. Their anthem, Sweet Caroline, is also pleasing to hear.

The insane sports fan culture in the United States

Sports culture is symbolic with the United States. We are perhaps the only country where a seemingly small event such as high school football can attract crowds of tens of thousands. Sports tend to bring people together, invoke passionate debates and even flare up wild celebrations.

For the most of it, we have the three pillars of football, baseball and basketball. Most, if not all, Americans follow at least one of these three. The leagues of MLB, NBA and the NFL attract crowds in the hundreds of thousands. And if people are not watching the games at the stadiums, they are at their houses or at bars enjoying the spectacle
As Skybox on Sheffield, we truly cherish the sports culture in our country. Sports is so significant in our country that many children and teenagers see it as a way into college and a more productive life. Sports scholarships are a common means to get into college for those who are less academically gifted or inclined.

Sports is also what makes Americans competitive. Americans are known to the outside world as hard-working, competitive and result-oriented. These qualities are enhanced by partaking in sports. It gives you the edge that you need to succeed in life.

Fan vulture is also significant in American sports. If you think of each major city in the nation such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and Miami, they all have at least five major teams across NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB and MLS. This means that each resident in these cities support as many as five teams. It adds to an incredible atmosphere.

Even with a strong sports culture, it seems like there is a resurgence in interest with a few states having started to legalize sports betting. Even the major states, such as New York and California, could have legal betting soon. That will induce even more people to follow sports and embrace it into their lives.