A sports-related curse is a superstitious belief in the effective operation of some force or evil that is claimed to explain individual sports teams, players, or even towns' failures or tragedies. Many unfavorable phenomena, like as a team's failure to win a sports title or unforeseen injuries, are attributed to a "curse" by teams, players, and communities. In addition, disasters that befall family members of athletes may also be blamed on a sports curse.
Curses are common in many sports, including baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, rugby, soccer, and tennis. Some examples include:* In baseball, several incidents have been attributed to a curse, such as the Brooklyn Dodgers being moved to Los Angeles (the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL suffered a similar fate years later). Other teams that have experienced misfortune include the Cleveland Indians (two World Series victories in three years), the Detroit Tigers (four straight World Series losses), and the St. Louis Cardinals (no World Series wins since the Red Sox defeated them in 2004). In addition, there are other teams that have never won a World Series despite playing in the National League: the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs, and the Milwaukee Brewers. * In basketball, the Chicago Bulls have had two consecutive Finals appearances end in defeat; they lost to the Miami Heat in 2006 and to the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007.
Such curses can include anything that prevents someone from winning, such as the Yankees' curse of the Bambino- they were never able to bring a championship to New York because he never played there. Also included in this category would be any adverse effects that may come from doing rituals before a game or event.
In ancient Greece and Rome, athletes used oaths to protect themselves from harm if they were about to do something dangerous, such as jumping off a cliff into a lake. An athlete could also make an oath to give up exercise if he or she was sick or injured. When an athlete broke his or her promise, it was considered cheating.
Today's athletes don't use magic charms to protect themselves from injury, but they do use curses to try to get themselves out of tough situations. For example, when one player on a team has a bad day at the office, it can help if the others blame it on a curse. This gives them some motivation to win or lose together.
Curses can be used in many different ways by athletes.
Several studies have demonstrated that sports supporters of losing teams suffer physical and psychological effects as a result of their team losing a game. For example, watching sports has been linked to reckless driving, heart attacks, and even domestic violence in some circumstances.
The stress caused by following sports results can affect individuals differently. Some people may feel anxious when their team loses so they drink or use drugs to reduce this feeling. Others may feel angry when their team loses so they fight with family or friends. Still others may disconnect from society and stop going to work or school.
All sports fans should remember that sports are games and games will always be decided by chance. No matter how good your team is, it can still lose every match. This is why we recommend against using religion or ethics as a reason for being or not being a sports fan.
When there is too much money involved in sports, the spirit of the game suffers. Sports commercialization is problematic because it turns the focus of sports away from merely having fun or exercising and toward becoming more "win-based." This encourages cheating and destroys the objective of sports.
Sports commercialization also affects how athletes are treated. If they are seen as products rather than individuals, then people will only be interested in them during their career years. Once they stop being able to produce results, they will be discarded like many other commodities. This is why many athletes feel like they have to perform above and beyond what others think they can do in order to keep their jobs.
Commercialization also has effects on society at large that go beyond the world of sport. It creates an environment where cheating is tolerated and exploited, since everyone wants to see winners and losers known to all. This undermines the belief in equality before the law and the concept of honor among competitors.
Finally, sports commercialization influences how people play sports. If you are only concerned about your own performance and not with who you are playing against or how the team as a whole is doing, then you will end up making business decisions rather than taking part in an activity meant to be enjoyed by those who play it.
In conclusion, the commercialization of sports is both good and bad.