The Difference Between Sports Reporting and Other Non-Physical Activities
A sports movie is a sub-genre that makes use of sport as the main theme of the movie. It’s a story about a sports event, sport, player, or fan of sport, and that depend on sport in some way for their main plot point or resolution. There’s been an increase in the number of movies released based on sports lately, with a growing number of Hollywood franchises based around a certain sport. If you’re planning to make a sports movie you should be aware that it can be very different from other movie genres, and this article will go over the main differences between this type of movie and others.
The first main difference is the subject matter. Sports is generally thought of as being less serious than films based on other subjects. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Just because a sport is popular doesn’t mean it should be taken less seriously, or even laughed at. On the contrary, sports should be treated seriously by its viewers, and any viewer who loves a funny film would probably enjoy watching a sports film, no matter how serious it may seem. The point I’m trying to make here is that sports and society in general take very seriously the people involved in it, and in most cases would be completely respectful if they knew the full story.
Another major difference between a movie and a sports report is the level of professionalism. In a movie, the athletes are mostly amateur athletes, hired by the movie studios to perform certain ‘duty’. In real life, there are professional athletes in virtually every sport imaginable, paid millions of dollars to play and compete at high levels of competition. Sports reporters don’t have to worry about being employed by some big company manufacturing their products, because they’re working for the very public and are often considered celebrities by the general public. In fact, some types of reporters are known to treat athletes better than other spectators because they are concerned with the athlete’s well-being and wish to give them good press.
However, the level of professionalism inherent in most sports reporting today isn’t as extreme as it was in the days when the term sport was associated only with professional sports. Today, many people consider any type of physical activity to be a sport if it meets the standards of a particular sport. For example, bowling is considered a sport; while track running isn’t considered a sport. So why is the coverage of sports so different than the coverage of other types of physical activity?
To explain this one must first understand the differences between sports and other non-physical activities. A basketball game, baseball game, football game, or soccer game requires physical dexterity in order to succeed. But the skill required to play chess, swim, or ski is not inherent in those sports. Non-physical skills such as endurance, mental ability, and strategy are what make a team perform at an optimum level, but the competitive spirit of sports fans is what makes the sport exciting to spectators.
Thus, whether it’s basketball, soccer, baseball, or skiing that is being discussed, or golf, hockey, tennis, or swimming, the overall purpose of sports reporting is to ensure that the games and events are well-covered in the media. And just as the games themselves require skilled and experienced athletes to perform at an optimum level, so do the correspondingly more complex aspects of the games be covered adequately by the media. That means that if you want your favorite basketball team to win the championship, you’ll need to watch every game closely, and perhaps follow the team to practices and other events. Similarly, if you’re fond of non-physical activities, such as running, biking, or swimming, you’ll probably be less likely to dedicate time to watching sports unless it directly benefits your favorite sport.