Monday, 24 September 2012

Water Sports - Fun In The Sun

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you enjoy the heat and don't mind getting wet. You might consider taking up water sports. There is a water sport for you! It could be in the ocean, swimming pool, or the lake. Swimming is usually the first sport than comes to ones mind, swimming is not only healthy for you but can also save your life or some one else’s, that's why it is so important to learn. Of course learning at a young age makes it easier but it is never too late to learn. You can learn the back stroke, the butterfly stroke and even learn to dive to name a few. This sport can also really keep you in good shape. If you are already a swimmer and need a little more, you’re sure to enjoy playing water volleyball. It will give you a tremendous work out and is great for those who have that competitively in them. You can even join a water volleyball league and compete. If you don't think water volleyball is for you there are other water sports you can enjoy in the pool such as Marco Polo or even a fun game of tag. What ever sport you choose in the pool, it's sure to bring joy and laughter to you and your family. Maybe you'd prefer a day on the lake. You may be one who gets excited with the thrill of speed, if this is the case you need to try water skiing. This is a sport where you can start slow and just enjoy the wind blowing through your hair on a warm summer day or you can experience the rush of the hot sun and speed as you perform tricks. If you enjoy sand between your toes and the smell of the salt water then the ocean may be waiting for you. Yes, there are even fantastic sports you can enjoy in the beautiful ocean. You can try underwater diving. Underwater diving offers exercise for your health, however, it also provides you with great scenery. Where else can you exercise while watching multi-colored tropical fish swimming by the coral? No matter which water sport you decide to try, always put safety as the number one priority and adhere to safety rules. You will have the time of your life participating in these great water sports.

By: → Ron Damon

Monday, 17 September 2012

Sports Violence

In ancient societies, athletics and especially competitive contact games always have been rough, but aggression in the past was tempered by an insistence that playing hard, playing to win, did not countenance playing to cheat and to hurt. One of the very first nations that expressed athletic ideals, were the Greeks. As enunciated by Pindar, the athletic ideal incorporated courage and endurance with modesty, dignity, and fair-mindedness, those elusive qualities the Greeks called Aidos. As sports became more specialized, the general populace increasingly withdrew into spectatorship. Sports history reveals that although Greek sports had increasingly marred by corruption and bribes, nonetheless they flourished in an era which witnessed the rapid expansion of stadiums and arenas under the Roman Empire. During the Roman Empire, violence in sports became the generally accepted principle and spectators not only endorsed it, but also embraced it as a social norm.

In recent years sports violence has become to be perceived as a social problem. Commissions have been appointed in Canada and England to investigate violence among hockey players and soccer fans. Numerous examples of violence in professional sports exist today, as counties like the United States, Canada, Greece, Italy and Germany, report court cases have been heard which concern the victims of violence perpetrators. Newspapers, magazines and television programs portray bloodied athletes and riotous fans at hockey, boxing, football, soccer, baseball, and basketball games with what appears to be increasing regularity. But are sports violence incidents actually increasing, and if so, what is the reason of such a negative increase? Or does the heightened public attention and media focus on sports violence reflect not an increase in the incidence or severity of aggression, but greater public concern with moral issues and political discourse?

Contrary to popular belief, there appears to be growing dissatisfaction with sports violence. Changes in sports rules, developments in the design of equipment, and even the physical characteristics of modern sports arenas evolved in an effort to reduce violence or its consequences. But still, among athletic management teams, government officials, fans and athletes themselves, there is an ambivalence attitude towards sports violence. The ambivalence takes the form of justifying the existence of violence in sports, but not taking personal responsibility for it. Coaches and managers tend to blame fans, saying that violence is what attracts people into stadiums, as the risk entailed makes the game more "interesting". Athletes frequently admit that they are opposed to violence, but it is expected of them by coaches. Fans justify it by attributing aggressiveness to athletes and to situational aspects of the game. Spectators view violence as an inherent part of some sports as one cannot play games like hockey or football, without accepting the necessity of violent action.

Nevertheless, public opinion tends to focus more and more on sports violence as major advances in the technologies used have increased media coverage making information available to a vast global audience. Thus, contemporary critics tend to consider sports violence as a worldwide phenomenon with highly disturbing future course and social outcomes.

By: → Jonathon Hardcastle

Monday, 10 September 2012

Financing Sports

In earlier times the marketing manager of an athletic team would project sales, the engineering and production staffs would determine the assets necessary to meet those demands, and the financial manager's job was simply to raise the money needed to purchase the required plant, equipment and inventories. That situation no longer exists. Decisions are now made in a much more coordinated manner, and the financial manager generally has direct responsibility for the overall financial status of any business.

According to theory, a healthy economy depends on efficient transfers of funds from people who are net savers to firms and individuals who need funds. Without efficient transfers, the economy simply can not function. Thus, sport businesses, as individuals and government units, often need to raise funds. Stock exchange markets, merges, acquisitions, promotional techniques, athletes' transfers, diversification, product or market development and syndicated loans, constitute methods for increasing cash flow levels.

But since some clubs and sport unions, spent more than they can afford, it is more than obvious that they will accrue dept and losses. As ticket sales have severely dropped over the years, agreements have collapsed and governments have not yet engaged themselves in financing clubs, the interested parties have tried to find ways of minimizing the losses, such as cutting down players wages or not renewing their contracts. Actually, financing a sport and keep the interest in high levels, both in the athletes' and in the funs' circles, is a difficult task that clubs have to work with. One of the practices in order to put an end in the expenses of clubs was the decision to pay athletes in relation to their performance. Bonus deals did not found always the athletes agreeing to such a policy, as their solicitors claim that ‘regardless the game's outcome, players are still doing the same job so they should be paid what was in their original contract.'

Innovation and careful financial planning-like the new emerging market of stadium construction, debt refinancing and revolving loans-are considered as the prime considerations of any sports organization if it plans to excel. Additionally, fierce competition, environmental trends and demand fluctuation play a very important role regarding financial backing. However, some observers see an opportunity for investors, as low trading and share prices dropping are considered ‘good' times to invest. Some experts believe that merges and acquisitions, related or unrelated to the core of the sport business, is a current issue of great concern for most sports financial managers, as it can save firms from losses.

Establishing higher prize money can also lead sports firms towards success by reducing risk and uncertainty to the interested parties. In 2002, for instance, British racecourses earned 46 million pounds from media deals, but only 5 million was distributed as prize money-a mere 11%. The British horseracing Board, response was to announce a plan to raise minimum prize money in 2003 by 18 million pounds. In fact, fair distribution of prize money can alter the financial condition of the sport and provide a safer environment in such a competitive industry.

Reduced revenue required companies to reduce costs by minimizing funding, cutting work force and spending less in sports sponsorships and advertising. For example, Investing in infrastructure is considered more serious than funding the Olympic bid. Consequently, the financial manager looks over the funding as money that can be spread out into schools, coach wages and sport clubs.

Sports business operates as a money generator if top management strives for excellence and performs continuous environmental scanning techniques. The main factor that distinguishes winners from losers is the eagerness to win competition and excel. Talent correlates nowadays with character promotion. When these two are combined can be translated to ticket sales, sponsorships, or image transformations.

By: → Kadence Buchanan

Monday, 3 September 2012

Sports Is Passion

Destiny is what we wanted to be when we were young. Paulo Coelho, the famous Latin-American writer who is the author of "The Alchemist," made this statement through one of his book's characters. I know it is not the real meaning of the word, destiny, but somehow it pertains to another word, that is, passion. It is fascinating that passion is alive in the eyes of a child. I mean, would you believe if I told you that a child has a purer passion than an adult? Simply because a child knows what he really wants; whereas the adult knows what he wants, but he is not sure if it is good for him. The former knows that what he wants will give him happiness, while the latter would rather choose the one that is good for him but would not make him happy. I learned this from my father. He taught me everything. Ever since I was a child, he always tells me to "push, push, push!" He always wants me to give my best in everything, most especially in sports.

Taekwondo has been my sport since I was three years old. You don't believe it, do you? It is because of my father, who was a coach of a popular basketball team in our town. He is also a taekwondo aficionado. We also swim, golf, and ski together. That's kinda lot of sports, isn't it? Well, this is the main reason I love hunting for sports goods online, and I make sure that I know every discount shopping site on the Internet. Aside from discount shopping, I also love hunting for a discount hotel and discount cruises. Woohoo! Discount is a music to any shopper's ears, right girls? Anyway, I always hated it everytime I forgot my knee pads when I went to my training. My knees suffered because of it. What happened to me, one time, changed my life.

One day, I joined this sports competition in our town. Nope, I was not the only girl there. We were actually five girls in Taekwondo. This time, I did not forget to bring my knee pads since it was a competition and I knew I needed it. But when it was about my turn, I forgot to actually put them on. I know it was the most stupid act I have ever done because it fractured my knees. My ball joints were injured, and I was not able to finish the fight. Plus, the best news was I would not be able to go to training anymore. My life, then, turned dull and boring. The life and the vibrancy of my sporty life was gone, and so was my interest for living. I really wanted to go back to Taekwondo again, but my father wouldn't let me.

Today, I shop sports goods for my son. Well, what can we do? Like mother, like son. I love this particular site that auctions any sport good that a sports buff needs. I recently bid for a pair of knee pads for my son. Of course, I don't want him to follow my stupidity. My mom taught me how to love online discount shopping. It was because every time we shopped together, she spent painstaking hours before she could buy a single dress. It annoyed me to death. So, my friend suggested online shopping, and discount shopping came from my personal inclination to cheap yet exceptional goods. This Adidas knee pads that I plan to buy for my kid is really cheap. Its latest auction is for $9 only.

Online discount shopping is the most convenient way of saving our money and preventing varicose veins. I recommend online shopping for all strong women who rarely have time for herself. However, if you're going for an online shopping be sure that you go to a trusted site because a lot of online shopping sites display a good image of the product, but in reality it is retiring from work. I know that we all don't want to waste money for nothing. So aside from the discounted prices, ensure also the quality of the product you want to purchase.

Lastly, to all sports buff: if your passion is sports, then quit smoking! Well, if you can't quit it, at least reduce smoking habits. It lessens the endurance that you need in sports. My father couldn't quit smoking, so he is suffering from my mother's absence. No, he does not have lung cancer yet. My mom just decided to stay with me and leave my dad because he wouldn't quit his smoking habits.

By: → Brenda Fleen