Social media is changing the way sports are looked at, the way sports are played, and the amount of sports knowledge people receive. Sports are a large part of tradition in America. Whether it be watching the Super Bowl, watching a game in person, or playing football during thanksgiving, sports have always been tradition. So we ask the question, is the world of sports from high school all the way up to professional competition changing due to social media?
HOW SPORTS ARE VIEWED: Social media gives people easy access to information. This can cause athletes to have a bad reputation is some of the most common cases where an athlete is accused of something, it blows up through social media, everyone thinks the athlete did what was said and in some cases a bad reputation is built. Even if the athlete did not do what was being discussed, the rumors still linger in the air. Overall, this part of social media can cause fans to look at athletes with a sense of less respect.
THE WAY SPORTS ARE PLAYED: It has been said that players have changed their actions on the playing surface during events due to the fact that if something small happens, it could trigger a blow up throughout social media, bringing more attention to that certain athlete than they would desire. On the other hand, social media is benefiting sports and how they are played specifically in the college athlete environment by helping spread recruits around the country. Being able to communicate easier, promote the program, and get fans involve truly help influence athletes to want to play their sport at your university. In this fascinating article, it explains the story of how one recruit found twitter beneficial in making his decision for college football.
ENHANCING PEOPLE”S KNOWLEDGE OF SPORTS: People are so busy doing many different things everyday that not being able to watch a game is no problem anymore. With the access to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites every big play, and a few plays in between, are mentioned or shown through video. It has changed the way people know sports due to the instant access instead of waiting to watch highlights on TV later or on the internet. Also, going back to what I mentioned above, changes in rules, games, player trades , etc. are easier to find out. If a recruit signs with a team, within seconds fans of that sports team can know through social media.
Overall, it has changed people’s views of sports both for the good and for the bad, changed the way the particular sport is played, and helped fans be more involved by enhancing their knowledge of what is going on currently and faster. As social media becomes more influential in humans everyday lives, I believe it will continue to have different affects on the sports world.