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Issues facing American sport in the last 50 years.

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With examples, discuss the major issues that have faced American sports in the last 50 years. American sports have faced many challenges in the past 50 years. The fact that sports in the USA are highly regarded and produce many elite athletes undoubtedly puts some strain on the system of professional and even amateur sports. Strict regulations must be adhered to, codes of conduct are established and governing bodies all oversee sports but there is always a margin of inaccuracy which allows way for problems to arise. Arguably the largest problem currently in the USA is deviance in sport, even though many countries also have issues with deviance, the USA may have more pressure on their athletes owing to their infamous nature of producing the elite. Expectancy of athletes has risen to such great levels that many athletes feel that to reach the pinnacle of their physical condition and sporting proficiency they have to turn to drugs. ...read more.


It wasn't restricted to Olympic activities either; even Americas most popular sport is faced with huge drug problems. Four members of the 2003 Super Bowl Oakland Raiders football team all tested positive for designer steroid THG. Other issues relevant in sports in the USA include that of violence. Violence is seen as a key ingredient in the enjoyment of USA sporting activities, but when it is seen in a bad light on US officials and their organisations it is often disguised and people pretend nothing ever happened. Most people in the USA will refer to violence in sport as such of that in Ice Hockey where a fight is seen as entertainment, but not violence of sports fans or enthusiasts where appalling activities such as riots, fights, knifings and other activities are never reported. One recorded incident was in 1984 where violence erupted outside of Tiger Stadium in Detroit after the Detroit Tigers defeated the San Diego Padres in the World Series. ...read more.


In US sports, racism has been seen has a huge barrier to professionalism. However, in the modern days this is much less of a problem than seen years ago, but can still be seen as relevant. One notable overcome of racism is the career of American golfer, Tiger Woods. In 1961, black golfers were not allowed on the PGA tour and his first golf club excluded him on the grounds of race. This did not deter him, and he went on to become the first black golfer to win the masters in 1997 and at 21 also the youngest golfer to set a record for the highest scoring margin. He went on to a hugely successful career; Woods was the highest paid professional athlete in 2006, having earned an estimated $100 million from winnings and endorsements.5 1 NCAA Drug Test Program http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/ed_outreach/health-safety/drug_testing/index.html 2 Doping http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doping_(sport) 3 Violence in Sport http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence_in_sports 4 Pacers-Pistons brawl http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacers-Pistons_brawl 5 Worlds Best Paid Athletes http://www.forbes.com/lists/2007/53/07celebrities_The-Celebrity-100_Rank.html ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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