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Positive Effects of Television on Sport Some hold the opinion that television has a negative effect on sports However this statement can be refuted on the basis that television builds a sense of fan support which ultimately motivates a team and has a positive effect on sport Televised hockey creates an initial interest in the sport and generates a fan base Hockey broadcasting offers an educational aspect for viewers Televised games also promote player profiles enabling fans to follow their favourite athletes career developments Viewers who are interested and educated are fans who attend games and promote an enthusiastic environment which motivates a team to play well Televised hockey generates interest in the sport where viewers who otherwise may not attend a game may choose to watch The broadcasting of the 2002 Mens hockey finals generated a great amount of interest in Canada as there was an all time television viewing record of 86 million viewers for the Canada US Mens Ice Hockey final on CBC This game was so widely watched and generated high attention to hockey at the International Level This interest in hockey provides fans with a sense of pride for the Canadian game and viewers could continue to watch hockey after the Olympic Games were over in their hometown NHL arenas Games that are televised often offer viewers an education that they would otherwise not receive at a live game Broadcasters describe the play through their play-by-play announcement providing viewers with a concise understanding of what is happening in the plays Viewers with a limited understanding of the game can gain knowledge of the way a team plays offensively and defensively They will also gain from the replays and gain an understanding of technical aspects to the game As the broadcaster analyzes the play during a whistle break between play the viewer can listen to why a penalty was called or what a team was attempting
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