Sport is commonly seen as a part of society. Although one finds the role of sport in society more important than others, the fact is that sports is an essential component of our society. Since sport is a part of our society, it automatically has an influence on its functioning. This means that if groundbreaking things happen in sports, there will directly be noticeable consequences in everyday life. If we talk about effects in the long run, the so-called Heysel tragedy is a good example, in which an x number of people died because they were crushed against fences while standing and watching a football match. This has led to the prohibition of standing-places from that moment on in football stadiums. It followed that the
Regular exercise helps to prevent one from many disease such as osteoporosis, diabetes and possibly certain kinds of cancer. It is argued that sports have only few disadvantages with regard to health. Getting injured, and especially chronically, is the worst thing that one could happen.
Economy and sports
Sport has always been an important part of society but it is now becoming an increasingly important part of the economy. Consequently, the measure of the economic impact of sporting events has become a focus of some interest groups including policy makers and sporting officials. It is hard to measure ‘the absolute value’ of sports to the economy. However, if one looks at certain figures and analysis, it can be concluded that sport-related matters account for a larger and larger part of our GDP. Therefore, it can be said that it contributes to our welfare. Also, the sports industry brings along a lot of jobs: in the US, the sports economy accounted for 434.000 jobs and a payroll of over 12.9 billion (dollar).
These days, there is a lot of money involved in sports and a hardworking worker earns only a fraction of what a cyclist with a mediocre team earns. Similarly, in sports like tennis, skating and field hockey, sponsors spend millions a year in order to have their name appear on screen during a match for instance. The wage that is earned by an average sportsman is incredibly