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James Hartmann 102200 Midterm Exam History 337 The Social and Cultural Factors of Modern Sports When we observe modern sports and see the progress it has made we cant help but to look at the factors in the past that shaped sports which has shaped our culture much in the same way Urbanization for example affected organized sports much like it affected our culture Better transportation and increased communication also helped spread sports and how we know them today Let us not forget changing attitudes in business and how it trickled down to athletic competition For starters lets look at the industrial revolution and the role it had in shaping sports In the rural areas new farming methods and inventions led for an increase supply in crops and hence a decrease in demand for farmers New inventions included the seed drill by Jethro Tull which enabled more seeds to be planted in a less amount of time In 1769 James Watt invented the steam engine so there was a new source of energy that led to more factories With these new factories unemployed citizens migrated to the cities for work Cities grew but how does this affect the molding of modern sports Lets start from a practical standpoint Wouldnt it be easier to get a game going by yelling to your friends on your block then traveling three miles like in a rural area This increased participation made for increased popularity in sports This also gave people a way to meet each other Not only that but it gave people a way to make a name for themselves If someone came from a working class family they could achieve fame through everything from prizefighting to baseball Employers in the factories supported competition as well Sports gave the labor class an activity besides drinking A lot of the principles in sports also are principles in work Teamwork dedication competition is all factors in
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