The Globalisation of Sports, the Pros and Cons

We live in a world with many sporting events where international teams compete against each other. It is a world where it is difficult to comprehend a time when things like a World Soccer Series, Rugby World Cup or Wimbledon seemed impossible to grasp. But there was a time when games were only played against other local teams and maybe sometimes on a national level, but international games were unheard of. This time was up until the mid-nineteenth century. A substantial contributing factor to the change of this situation came in 1894 with the establishment of the International Olympic Committee and later in 1896 when the Olympic Games were revived. Today it is a common occurrence, enormously lucrative business and the only way that we know to exist. The globalization of sports did bring some positives and some negatives in the world. Here we will explore some of them.

It Brings Unity

Referring here with emphasis on sports like soccer or football, which is internationally played and adored all over the globe. When nations compete against each other, there is a unity, an awareness of the golden thread that ties humanity together as a race beyond all the differences of culture and religion and other socio-political hostilities.

It Caused Unity in the Rules and Regulations

When competing on the international level in a particular sport, it is required that all teams are playing along with the rules of the same book. While sporting events were still fractured all over the world, it was easy to change the practices to adapt it to your cultural preferences, but when competing against other teams, one set of rule applies. This meant that sports stayed true to their original format and rules and regulations and regardless of which country you are playing, your only odds of ever playing in a world stadium is to keep to the rules.

Migration of Players are Accepted

Across the board, you will find players playing for different teams than the national teams of their countries. This allows players to progress to better positions. This also gives athletes of countries stuck in poverty and unable to sponsor their talented athletes the opportunity to get involved in international competition through sponsorships. Thus enabling the right talent to compete regardless of the situation in their own countries.

A Media Spectacular

The critics of globalization have their opinion on this matter. They believe that the globalization of sport has crushed the fun and playful element of games and turned it into a media spectacular with the inhumane expectation of ordinary people to outperform the possible. What used to be relaxation and pure, simple fun is turned into a high-profit money generating system where some profit extremely and others are always taking a backseat. This also brought on the fact that when athletes migrate for better contracts, they are losing out on the pride they had for representing their nation for a more significant cash deposit. They believe that this is a destructive route on the mindset of maintaining a national pride.