Research Papers on Political Issues

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  • The Lawsuit Filed by Casey Martin Against the PGA

    5 pages. Casey Martin, the professional golfer with a disability, filed a lawsuit against the Professional Golf Association under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This paper details the facts of his case as well as the chronology of events throughout the court proceedings. Comments are made as to the impact of this case on society at large and the sporting world in particular. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Car Racing History and NASCAR Marketing

    A 14 page paper that provides the history of car racing beginning in the prohibition era. The first actual organized race was held in Daytona Beach in 1938, organized by Bill France who went on to establish the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. NASCAR was officially established in 1947 with the first race under the bylaws and rules being held in 1948. A lot has changed since those first races. Today, the NASCAR races take place across the country although Daytona Beach is still the headquarters for the organization. This essay traces the history and evolution of NASCAR and comments on the changing demographics of fans over the years. The second part of this essay focuses on marketing strategies used by NASCAR, including partnerships and sponsors. The essay concludes with comments regarding future trends in marketing strategies. Data regarding fans and sponsors are included. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

  • English Hooliganism and its History

    A 10 page paper which examines why hooliganism is regarded as distinctly English, considers the social landscape that produces and perpetuates it, and explores the role of the media in the development of its perception. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Equalizing Aspects of Sport

    This 7 page paper examines sports in society. What is socially constructed? How can athletes excel when there is discrimination in sports? Various issues are examined as it respects disability, gender and race. The paper supports the notion that sport is one area where life is fair. The other side is discussed in depth as well. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Sports Fans and Advanced Sports Technology's Negative Effects

    8 pages in length. The writer discusses how advanced sports technology, such as television broadcasts and steroidal drug use, has detrimentally impacted sports from the fan's perspective. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • 'Obscene' Salaries of Professional Sports' Celebrities

    This 6 page report discusses the outrageous amounts of money paid to sports stars. In the ongoing stories of athletes who are multi-millionaires, it is difficvulrt for the “average Joe’ to understand or have much sympathy for somebody who is paid millions of dollars every year to play a game. Of course, the game of professional sports is one of big business and the players serve as a truly unique product in a market with great demand for that product. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Soccer, Drugs, and Violence

    This 7 page paper discusses the problem of violence which is associated with the sport of soccer, namely in terms of the fans. Furthermore, this violence is often associated with abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • LATRELL SPREWELL, P.J. CARLESIMO AND ETHICS IN SPORTS

    This 6-page paper discusses the ethics behind the choking incident of Carlesimo by Sprewell in 1997. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Athletic Competitions and Allowing Anabolic Steroids

    This 7 page paper argues that while steroids may not be completely safe, they should be allowed in sports competitions. Ethical, medical and social considerations are discussed. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Overview of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys

    This 7 page report discusses the history if one of the best known and most flamboyant of all teams in the history of the National Football League -- The Dallas Cowboys. The team has been described as one of the great American sports dynasties and yet it has had to deal with countless criticisms for having such a distinction. They have been called the “Yankees of football,” “America’s team,” and always with a bit of tongue-in-cheek “God’s team.” Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Sports and the Connection to Crime

    This 5 page paper discusses some of the criminal issues that intersect with the sports world. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Nationalism and Soccer

    This is a 20 page paper discussing soccer as a national identity as portrayed by soccer fans in different countries in addition to national pride and political perspectives. Soccer, referred to as football on an international basis, has become one of the most prominent symbols of nationalism within recent years. Whether soccer teams are representing local clubs, national clubs or are competing on an international stage, fans of the clubs are strictly devoted to their teams and identify with them on a national level. Sack and Seljan (2000) write that “a sport such as soccer provides opportunities for thousands of spectators to collectively affirm their commitments to beliefs, values, and myths than underlie their cultural identity”. In addition to the collective of fans at a soccer match, the presence of national flags, symbols, clothing and colors further unite (or divide in some cases) people who previously were strangers in a common bond of fraternity and national identity. Because of this powerful collective feel, it is not surprising then that often soccer matches and tournaments are used as political forums as well. Politically, soccer matches can be used to unite populations under a single cause or divide nations which may have historical differences. Nevertheless, soccer is overall a positive uniting force in a world in which people may often become isolated in their work or home environments. Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and countries all over the world have used soccer as a way to unite, promote, and celebrate their nationalism. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Sports Fans and Their Importance

    A 4 page paper which examines how the sports fans are vital to the success of sports teams and often act as another player, urging teams on to win. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Private Team Sports Facilities and City Financing

    A 3 page consideration of the arguments regarding the appropriateness of using taxpayer money for the construction of facilities for private teams. The author argues that condemn this practice should consider both the direct and indirect benefits of sports to a city. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Globalism, Technology, Capitalism, and Sport

    A 6 page paper that focuses on LaFeber's book, Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism. The essay looks at how sport has become so commercial over the decades to become part of global capitalism with major corporations sponsoring sporting events in the 1960s. The writer comments on the interaction of technology, capitalism and sport. LaFeber uses the relationship between Jordan and Nike as an example. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • This 5-page paper discusses violence in sports from the professional arena all the way down to the recreational level. It also discusses why players resort to violence in sports. There are 6 sources cited.

  • Racial Factors Within the Context of Sports

    This 10 page paper looks at race as a social construction but explores theories that suggest biological aspects play a part in sports. Both sides of the controversy are discussed. Various explanations are offered, inclusive of stereotyping. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Negative Aspects of Child Sports

    A 7 page paper the explores the negative aspects of youth sports, and includes consideration of the impacts of competativeness, parental expectations, and outside pressures on the children participating. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Racism and Sports

    A 5 page paper which examines the existence of racism in the field of professional sports. The paper argues for the reality of racism’s existence. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • This 2.5-page paper analyzes political correctness in sports and why it is a bad influence in the sporting world. There are 3 sources cited.

  • The Influence of Sport in the Context of Creating, Maintaining and Challenging Ethnic Identities and Stereotypes

    This 12 page paper discusses the role of sport and the way in which it may have the potential to support ethnic identities, especially for ethnic minorities, how it may help to challenge stereotypes and the ways in which it may support minorities. The role of sport is considered from a sociological perspective, examining how and why sport may impact on the wider social environment and discussing the ways in which it may influence values. A number of sporting examples are used to demonstrate the way it may help to change or influence social opinions and values. The bibliography cites 18 sources.

  • The Relationship Between Sport And Politics

    3 pages in length. The writer briefly discusses, drugs, race and poverty as they relate to the political aspect of sport. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • College Sports and Gambling

    This 3 page paper offers an overview of gambling in regards to college sports. Furthermore, this paper explores some of the controversy which surrounds this topic. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Taxpayers and the Unnecessary Burden of a Professional Sports Stadium

    A 10 page contention that only a selective proportion of the American public is interested in or profits either economically or recreationally from sports stadiums. Presents various statistics and economic and philosophic arguments demonstrating the unfairness which is inherent in requiring the taxpayer to foot the bill for the construction of these stadiums. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • TV Sportscasting

    (12 pp) This discussion exams the role of television broadcasting in sports, through the personality of the sportscaster and through the game itself. The sports of figure skating, golf, and basketball are examined for their impacts in this media. The possibility of a new network entering the picture in these sports areas is also reviewed, as are recommendations for such a possibility. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Concept of Worldwide Sports Federations

    This 7 page essay discusses the concept of international sports federations and the ways in which they have a distinctly economic impact on the world. The past few years have not been some of the best for the various international sports federations of the world in terms of their image and prestige. At the core of many of the issues is the one that governs so much of modern life -- economics. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Native American Images as Mascots

    A 3 page paper which examines the controversy around using the images of Native Americans for sports mascots. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Racial Issues in Sport

    This 5 page paper looks at a range of racial issues in sport. This includes discrimination against racial minorities through wages and positions played, the disparity of white ownership of sports teams, the movement towards increased equality, the present of racism in the media and the perceptions of the fans and the sport people. The bibliography cites 15 sources.

  • Big Money and Big Sports

    An 8 page research paper that investigates the relationship between big sports and big money. Sports of any variety, high school, amateur, collegiate or professional, have obtained the cultural equivalent of religion among the majority of Americans. Presumably, athletic competition is about skill, endurance and the perseverance of the athlete. However, even a brief overview of sports shows that while these qualities are present in the background, sports today is all about the money. Sports economics are based on profit, which depends on winning and winning is frequently based on who has the most money. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Legalizing Gambling on Sports

    This 3 page paper argues that sports betting should be kept legal in Nevada and legalized elsewhere. A comparison to other industries is provided. The argument focuses on the fact that gambling can contribute to the economy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Comparing the Sporting Policies of John Major and Margaret Thatcher

    This 16 page paper considers the different sports policies that were seen under the Conservative government, contrasting the approach of John Major to that of Margaret Thatcher. The bibliography cites 20 sources.

  • Issues Associated with Sports Marketing

    An eight page paper which looks at several aspects of sports marketing, in terms of the potential consumer base, marketing strategies, the importance of market research and the way in which these factors affect both sport itself and sports-related products. Bibliography lists 6 sources

  • Media Representation of Black Professional Athletes

    A 4 page paper which examines how black sports stars are presented in the media. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Teenage Gambling on College Sports

    A five page paper which looks at the widespread social problem of teenage gambling, particularly in relation to college sports, and considers the various ways the problem could be addressed in terms of public attitudes to gambling, legislation and the role of the NCAA in its management of young athletes’ interests. Bibliography lists 4 sources

  • Sports of the Future

    9 pages. The future of sports involves many things and can infer a myriad of subjects. This paper takes a look at the super athletes that we are beginning to see every year, what makes them that way, and how the future of sports is taking shape. The paper covers a variety of ideas. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Under-Representation of Minorities in Sports Leadership Positions

    This 3 page paper speculates on reasons why ethnic minorities are under-represented in sports leadership positions. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Fathers, Sons, and the Bonding Created by Sports

    16 pages in length. Fathers and sons share many experiences that help to fortify their relationship; however, there is perhaps no better bonding agent than the shared experience of sports. Indeed, fathers dream of the day they can teach their sons how to play catch, hit a softball or go long for a pass, which clearly illustrates the bonding powers inherent to sporting activities. For boys who may have tenuous associations with their fathers, the very act of engaging in some type of sports often has a cathartic effect upon the issue that stands between them, ultimately affording the father and son to bridge whatever gaps might exist between them. Sports is also an excellent way for boys to work off the growing trend towards childhood stress, while at the same time have fun and further solidify the bond with their fathers. As well, father/son sports activities are a great way to draw out an individual with an otherwise low self-image and help bolster a strong and healthy dose of self-esteem. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Parents should be banned from their children's sport activities

    This 3 page paper uses the case of Thomas Junta who beat a parent to death at a hockey game. While banning parents from children's games may appear ludicrous, it seems to be the best solution for the children. This paper explains why. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Sports Origin and Theories

    This 5 page paper provides an analysis of theories in respect to the history of sports. Class based theories are compared with theories which focus on practical issues. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Sports and Drugs

    This comprehensive 8 page paper considers the problem of dope testing in sports. The cheats are always ahead of testers and the fight is an ongoing one. This paper considers the fight, the role of the regulators such as the IAAF, the problems of strict liability, ethical consideration and problems with harmonisation of drug testing. The bibliography cites 14 sources.

  • Sports Coverage and the Media II

    In this well-reasoned 6 page essay, the writer discusses what the media's ethical responsibilities should be in covering sports-related issues & events and how these measure up with reality. It is argued that the media spends too much time influencing the opinions of fans while it should really be providing objective news. Ultimately, the media's poor coverage of sports helps ruin the private lives of athletes, creates dishonesty among players & coaches, and in the specific case of college sports,-- helps draw the spotlight away from education itself. Recommended ideas about what the media should be doing are presented. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • U.S. Race Relations and Sports

    5 pages in length. The writer discusses Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Paul Robeson as they relate to the changing racial perspective in American sports. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • SPORTS EVENT AND THE BIDDING PROCESS

    This 11-page paper focuses on the bidding process for hallmark events such as the Olympic Games and World Cup Soccer. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Politics and Sports

    This 5 page paper suggests that sports and politics do not mix. At the same time, the paper contends that while politicians should try to avoid becoming entangled in sports, it is not easy to do. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Increasing Violence in Sports

    This 3 page paper discusses the issue of violence in sports, and whether it is increasing or is only perceived to be increasing. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Athletes and Drug Use

    10 pages in length. If one were to ascertain the reasons why many athletes use drugs, there are likely to be several answers that are equally as applicable, including the factor of winning at any costs, enhancing otherwise inadequate physical performance and the overwhelming pressure to succeed. With the understanding that such reasons inevitably fall under the headings of cheating and poor sportsmanship, it is still not enough of a deterrent for many athletes to overcome the temptation. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Team Sports and Cohesion Importance

    This five page paper considers the role of cohesion in team sports. The writer looks at team cohesion in relation to its determinants and consequences. Included in the paper is a consideration of cohesion is needed in all team sports and how the motivation of the individuals will impact on the cohesion and how this will transfer into the team performance and results. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

  • Citizenship and Sports Participation

    A 3 page essay that discusses the ways in which adolescents benefit from participation in sports. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Great Britain's Colonial Power Losses

    A 5 page paper discussing the phenomena of sports' and athletes' unethical and, often, immoral behavior both on the playing field and off. Bibliography lists four sources.

  • HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE AND SPORTS

    This 5-page paper discuses human growth hormone (HGH) and its connection to athletics. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Examination Of Alcohol And Sports

    5 pages in length. The writer discusses the history and impact of the relationship between sports and alcohol. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Poverty and the Escape Offered by Boxing

    5 pages in length. For many blacks and Hispanics, the opportunities to escape poverty are few and far between; typically held back by social and cultural determinism, these populations often struggle just to get by, much less have the chance to better their situations. Some, however, have found a way to break free by utilizing sports as their tutor, learning about themselves and the world around them by way of mental discipline and physical strength & stamina. Boxing represents one of the most sought-after activities for those trying to seek a better life through sports, especially if the individual's educational background does not provide for more academic-related opportunities. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Does the NFL Encourage and Condone Drug Use?

    In four pages this paper argues that the NFL has shamefully encouraged and condoned drug use among its players, comparing its lax policy with other professional sports’ policies. Eight sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Baseball History: The 1919 White Sox Fix

    This 3 page paper focuses on the infamous 1919 incident where the White Sox threw the game and eight players were banned from the sport. This scandal involves a variety of stakeholders, inclusive of the players, the fans, the team owners, the gamblers, and the coaches. Stakeholders, their roles, and how they are aligned with the integrity of the game are issues discussed. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Hockey, Helmets, and Efficiency

    A 6 page paper which examines the case where hockey players would not wear helmets because it was not mandatory. The paper then examines the importance of rulings such as wearing helmets in order to ensure efficiency in an endeavor. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Racial Issues in Sport

    This 5 page paper looks at a range of racial issues in sport. This includes discrimination against racial minorities through wages and positions played, the disparity of white ownership of sports teams, the movement towards increased equality, the present of racism in the media and the perceptions of the fans and the sport people. The bibliography cites 15 sources.

  • Nationalism and Soccer

    This is a 20 page paper discussing soccer as a national identity as portrayed by soccer fans in different countries in addition to national pride and political perspectives. Soccer, referred to as football on an international basis, has become one of the most prominent symbols of nationalism within recent years. Whether soccer teams are representing local clubs, national clubs or are competing on an international stage, fans of the clubs are strictly devoted to their teams and identify with them on a national level. Sack and Seljan (2000) write that “a sport such as soccer provides opportunities for thousands of spectators to collectively affirm their commitments to beliefs, values, and myths than underlie their cultural identity”. In addition to the collective of fans at a soccer match, the presence of national flags, symbols, clothing and colors further unite (or divide in some cases) people who previously were strangers in a common bond of fraternity and national identity. Because of this powerful collective feel, it is not surprising then that often soccer matches and tournaments are used as political forums as well. Politically, soccer matches can be used to unite populations under a single cause or divide nations which may have historical differences. Nevertheless, soccer is overall a positive uniting force in a world in which people may often become isolated in their work or home environments. Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and countries all over the world have used soccer as a way to unite, promote, and celebrate their nationalism. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Soccer and Baseball in Latin America

    A 17 page paper which examines the history and importance of soccer and baseball in Latin America. The paper also focuses on how important soccer is in Brazil and how important baseball is in Central America. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Critical Review of Jules Tygiel’s Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

    In three pages this paper discusses the text’s theme, author’s main argument and how he approaches the subject matter such as his source documentation, intended audience, and personal assessment of the author’s position. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Human Relationships and Baseball

    An 9 page paper. In any organization, human relationships are formed and developed. These relationships may only exist at the workplace or some may carry them into their own personal lives. The same is true with sports teams. There are numerous relationships developed with baseball teams. This paper discusses the types of relationships that are formed between: owners and players, fans and players, coaches and players, and between and among teammates. The nature of these relationships and the effects of them are discussed. Two types of team cohesion are explained. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Athletic Competitions and Allowing Anabolic Steroids

    This 7 page paper argues that while steroids may not be completely safe, they should be allowed in sports competitions. Ethical, medical and social considerations are discussed. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Big Money and Big Sports

    An 8 page research paper that investigates the relationship between big sports and big money. Sports of any variety, high school, amateur, collegiate or professional, have obtained the cultural equivalent of religion among the majority of Americans. Presumably, athletic competition is about skill, endurance and the perseverance of the athlete. However, even a brief overview of sports shows that while these qualities are present in the background, sports today is all about the money. Sports economics are based on profit, which depends on winning and winning is frequently based on who has the most money. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • China and Internet Negotiations for the 2008 Olympics

    A 3 page look at China’s negotiations for limited Internet during the 2008 Olympics. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • New York and Hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics

    This 10 page paper begins with the selection of New York City as the United States' contender to host these Games. It discusses the type of presentation made by the New York committee and reports comments suggesting the vote was driven by sympathy rather than by other factors. The writer presents arguments for and against New York hosting the Games and reports on committees of residents who oppose the Games being held in New York City. The different venues that will be constructed such as the Olympic Village and a new stadium are described as is a proposed new ferry system to transport athletes. The costs of the construction is also presented. Some of the many concerns of citizens are described. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Fathers, Sons, and the Bonding Created by Sports

    16 pages in length. Fathers and sons share many experiences that help to fortify their relationship; however, there is perhaps no better bonding agent than the shared experience of sports. Indeed, fathers dream of the day they can teach their sons how to play catch, hit a softball or go long for a pass, which clearly illustrates the bonding powers inherent to sporting activities. For boys who may have tenuous associations with their fathers, the very act of engaging in some type of sports often has a cathartic effect upon the issue that stands between them, ultimately affording the father and son to bridge whatever gaps might exist between them. Sports is also an excellent way for boys to work off the growing trend towards childhood stress, while at the same time have fun and further solidify the bond with their fathers. As well, father/son sports activities are a great way to draw out an individual with an otherwise low self-image and help bolster a strong and healthy dose of self-esteem. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

  • Performance Enhancing Drugs and Their Alteration of the Baseball Playing Field

    In seven pages this paper analyzes the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball and how they have forever changed the way the game is played. Seven sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Sports Fans and Advanced Sports Technology's Negative Effects

    8 pages in length. The writer discusses how advanced sports technology, such as television broadcasts and steroidal drug use, has detrimentally impacted sports from the fan's perspective. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • NFL Salaries and Econometrics

    This 10 page report discusses the top-ten salaries of National Football League quarterbacks and then considers the ways in which they represent some of the most fundamental econometrics of the NFL. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Great Britain's Colonial Power Losses

    A 5 page paper discussing the phenomena of sports' and athletes' unethical and, often, immoral behavior both on the playing field and off. Bibliography lists four sources.

 

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