26 August, 2015 11:52 by Dr. Joseph Spears | Aug 26, 2015 | Updates | 6 comments Sports is being utilized today to literally touch every sphere and form of human development; thereby is one of society’s leading prospective for change. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related 6 Comments Kneewyna Henson on August 27, 2015 at 7:42 am I look forward to receiving great news and updates. Continue to stay focus on your journey. I pray that you exceed as well as prosper in every area of your life. You have been blessing on facebook. Reply Dr. Spears on August 27, 2015 at 8:40 am Thank you so much for your kind words and support. I look forward to with God’s help living up to that very notion; keep your head up! Much love… Reply Brandon Sikes on September 13, 2015 at 9:50 pm Manchester City is on track to win its third English Premier League title following a very successful summer transfer window. As of now, the team sits comfortably in first place with an undefeated league record and a seven-point goal differential over its closest competitors.The team definitely made the right moves to reenforce its defensive end and the timing could not have been more perfect. Manchester City’s squad is so stacked that the team is able keep calm and carry on with little disruption. Despite the unfortunate run of bad luck, the oddsmakers still list the team as the top favorite to win it all this season. Manchester City continued their perfect start to the season with a thrilling last gasp win against Crystal Palace. 18 year old Kelechi Iheanacho’s 90th minute goal was enough to earn City all three points after a stern test against Alan Pardew’s in form Palace side. My name is Brandon Sikes & I am currently majoring in Sports management at Bowie State University & this is my blog. Reply Maurice Robinson on September 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm Maurice Robinson Latest Trends in the Sports Industry A trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. When trends are set, people or industries conform with the changes. For example, athletes conform with the latest trend in professional sports as well as fans for their favorite sports teams. Let’s discuss the latest trends in the sports industry. Demographics plays a huge part in the sports industry. The more participation there is, the more money industries will consume. For instance, fantasy football. I discovered an article that stated $1.6 billion in revenue is generated by the fantasy football industry alone. In addition to the revenue, the average fantasy sports player has these demographics. 80% Male 89.8% Caucasian 51.5% Not married 78.1% College Degree or more 17.89 Hours Consuming Sports per week 69.4% Favorite Fantasy Sport: Football From 2014 to date there are over 41 million people playing fantasy sports in the USA and Canada. ESPN’s head of fantasy sports, George Leimer says that fantasy participants drive 17% of the traffic to ESPN’s website, which averages 90 million visitors a month. Fantasy sports is extremely important to the sports industry. In addition to fantasy football, fashion is another major trend in the sports industry. Whether it’s football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, or even rugby, every sports team has sponsors for uniforms. Major companies such as Nike, Under Armour, Adida, Puma, and Russell, make millions and billions of dollars in revenue based on the popularity of its brand. For instance, Nike is the most popular athletic apparel company in the world, with an estimated brand value of $19 billion. Every NFL team is sponsored by Nike as well as majority of college football teams. Under Armour is also a major sports apparel company with a brand value of $4.1 billion. Originating in Maryland, Under Armour has become a trending fashion for not only athletes in Maryland, but collegiate and professional athletes as well. Cam Newton himself is sponsored by Under Armour, having his own pair own pair of cleats that are slowly becoming the hottest trend in high school football. Under Armour provided every team in Baltimore city with new football and basketball uniforms. As well as uniforms, sports apparel brands also provide sports teams with pink gear during breast cancer awareness month. During the entire month of October, every football team in the NFL wears pink to raise money for the breast cancer awareness foundation. This has become a yearly trend. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-up-fantasy-sports-industry-demographics-2015-sandra-wong http://www.wbaltv.com/news/under-armour-becomes-2nd-largest-us-apparel-brand/29008428 http://profit.ndtv.com/news/industries/article-nike-is-worlds-most-valuable-sports-brand-in-forbes-list-679293 Reply Deondre Whyte on September 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm In my opinion I agree with Judge Richard M. Berman for saying that the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell went too far for suspending NFL quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the 2015-2016 football season. The NFL commissioner suspended Brady after Super Bowl 49 last year because he was accused of deflategate during the Patriots and Seahawks game. The NFL commissioner accused him for having “his own brand of industrial justice.” Brady told the news that he would never agree or bring himself to do something like that to deflate footballs to win a game in the AFC Championship game. I agree with Brady because he is not just a role model for other young fans in this country but mine as well. I’ve always looked up to him when I was growing up. He is a great leader and he has many great leader characteristics like integrity, self-respect, and achievement for he has won many Super Bowl’s before fairly and honestly so why would he cheat now? Followed by that, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said “As I have said during this process and throughout his Patriots career, Tom Brady is a classy person of the highest integrity. He represents everything that is great about this game and this league.” After repetitive court hearings, Tom Brady has finally have the suspension appealed and can start the first game as The New England Patriots quarterback. I agree with this decision that Judge Berman made because it wasn’t enough proof that Brady did deflate the footballs and the way Brady carried himself over the years no one would even think he would do something that low besides the NFL commissioner. Many people was on Brady’s side because they knew he was innocent. In my opinion Brady did nothing wrong but just play a regular championship football game, he didn’t use any drugs or illegal contrabands just got accused for not knowing that the footballs were deflated in a game where I’m sure it was freezing and he wasn’t thinking about how the football feels but when to release the ball and make plays to win the super bowl. NFL president Eric Winston stated that “I am happy for Tom, and it’s important to remember that when one player’s rights are upheld, it is a victory for all players. However, this whole ordeal has highlighted the need for players and owners to work together to make all policies fair and transparent for everyone in our game. I welcome an opportunity to have open and constructive dialogue with the league in the near future for how we can best accomplish that.” I agree with this statement because the players and the owners should start communicating more on things like the rules, and contract deals because sometimes the players really don’t know and that’s because the owners don’t clarify on certain things until it happens and it’s already too late. Source: http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/13570716/tom-brady-new-england-patriots-wins-appeal-nfl-deflategate Reply DeVonne Saint Pierre on September 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm Society utilizes sports in many different ways such as handling social issues and motivating the local youth. Many local communities use sports to strengthen relationships between the youth and inform them about healthy living. For example, one social group from the United Kingdom used sports to help the homeless. They started an organization called the “Homeless World Cup,” where homeless people were given a chance to have healthy living conditions by playing soccer. The organization turned out to become very successful and doubled in size. Soccer gave them the chance to have and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Along with helping the homeless, they also informed children on the precautions of contracting illnesses such as obesity, cancers, and many mental-illnesses. Physical activity through sports has been proven to lessen the chance of obtaining on of these illnesses. Many countries have begun using sports as an outlet to transmit knowledge on health education to children. By letting them get active and engaged, children see first-hand why it is important to have and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The use of sports in today’s world other than entertainment purposes is evolving and ever-changing. Sports are no longer one dimensional and can outreach to a number of different groups across the world. Along with promoting overall good health across local communities, sports have the power of bonding. Sports, to an extent, have the same bonding power as politics, religion, and culture. Stadiums can be looked at as cultural centers in many cities and communities. Along with housing the sports team it also gives a venue for other societal happenings. A recent trend among many sport organizations has been becoming actively and publicly involved in their respective communities. Each community is unique in its own way and each has their own set of problems. The team of that general area will know best how to accommodate to that area’s needs. Athletes have become social beacons to today’s youth. Many consider them role models and to an extent, “heroes.” They have a positive image to uphold and maintain under any circumstance. Many choose to take part in community service, which sets a good precedent for society. Some have even gone the extra mile and have created their own community service groups. For example, LeBron James has his business that helps and provides care for underprivileged children in Akron, Ohio. “NBA Cares,” a community service branch of the NBA, has built 141 homes for local communities. Another example of how athletes influence communities other than sports. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.