sports surveillance

A primary material that will be used in my research is the ESPN network. The research question I have is how media surveillance does or does not focus on the “bad boys” of sports more than the good. The biggest form of mass media in regards to sports is television. ESPN’s slogan is “the worldwide leader in sports”, so it is appropriate to use ESPN as a source of information. If something is going on in the world of sports positive or negative ESPN will have the story and will be following the story in their programs.

Different analysts discuss hot topics that go on in sports throughout the day until another “juicy” or interesting story occurs. Programs such as ESPNFirst Take includes sports analyst that debate on certain hot topics surrounding the media in sports good or bad. A prime example is Tiger Woods in the most recent Masters tournament. Tiger Woods was disqualified and it was discussed on a segment of First Take whether or not he knew that he disqualified himself. Analysts discussed how it could have been the pressure on him to do well because he has redeemed himself as a golfer as of late. It was said that the pressure from the masters was due to the criticism from the domestic dispute in 2010. If not for his off the golf course issues and the worldwide notoriety this would not have made a segment. Most of the analyst study sports as a whole or are former players that know the sport well enough to talk and debate about it. This material will be useful because at times the topic is whether or not it is fair to scrutinize a player for the actions that are made. I will use this material to get professionals’ perspectives on how the media portrays certain athletes. Also I will use ESPN to gather my own research by observing the stories that make headlines and whether or not the “bad guys” of sports are shown more.

Another form of material I will use is YouTube interviews of athletes getting in trouble with the law or admission to doping. Lance Armstrong recently talked to Oprah admitting the use of performance enhancing drugs in his sport of cycling. The media had continuous stories about him and his Admission and at the time it appeared to be the headline of major sporting networks opposed to the success of other athletes going on around that time. Because of the huge media circulation during Armstrong’s admission to doping I am starting to see a trend of what is important in the mass media of sports. To answer my question I can analyze this sporting network and see what seems to be aired more, a superstar athlete admission to steroids or what college football team has won the national championship.

The topic of surveillance in sports media I am questioning whether or not the media in sports focuses on the “bad boys” of sports more than the good. When I was thinking about a topic in which to choose I thought about what is interesting to the general public and sports came to mind. Sports stories are always in the media and in the eyes of the people who watch them. More specifically sports athletes, so I wanted to research how the media portrays them.

My research is important to sports fans because it focuses on how the media portrays the sports figures we know and love. I know as a sports fan I like to know a lot about different athletes but at times it overwhelms me when I watch ESPN and hear negative stories about athletes and their personal life. I wonder sometimes does the media tend to focus on the bad more than the good. I am adding to the existing research of the media’s influence on sports.

Programs on ESPN such as First Take go in depth with certain topics in the world of sports and many sports fans watch. These analysts discuss these topics and everyday fans listen and take in all of the information. So if the network produces negative stories fans will receive them as negative stories. At times it seems like the media focuses on the negative aspects of sports and I know that sports fans would appreciate how the media portrays the sports figures they watch.

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