Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Feb 1 – Sport Media Complex
If using simple concepts, use more
Pick concepts that are relevant and appropriate
If media clip is indicating a particular concept, make sure you indicate it
Class should have a general idea of what happened in the clip
• Sports is a major component on the tv menu
• Is that a completely innocent relationship? No, sport is influenced and altered
• What are the factors that change sport?
• Presented as apolitical and ahistorical
• Usually the sport event is portrayed as having some sort of history in relation
to itself. Ex. Do you remember the Athens Olympics
• Apolitical – we ignore the political events happening during sports. We forget
about the fall of the USSR during the 92 barcelona Olympics
• Leaves out larger social issues and political and economic consequences
• So sport is sold to us in a profoundly antisociological way
• This makes it hard to launch any critique
• Why is televised sport so antisociological? The article says there is media
logic, tv sport as news, or tv sport as entertainment
• shows are driven by story – plot, character, setting, etc.
• If drama is lacking, commentators will invent moments to focus on. Ex?
Commentators talking about the preview for the superbowl • Main plot element is conflict (between teams) but this is simplistically
rendered as good vs. Evil. Ex. There were clear good guys and clear bad
• Narrative structure tends to follow a pattern: disruption, solution, restoration
• This structure makes it appear as if everything comes out all right in the end.
The good guy