To truly understand the sports world, one must understand the real definition of a fan. Clearly a fans is “a person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular sport.” A fan, stands out, not only in a stadium but in daily life. Fans express their support for their teams by buying their teams merchandise, by talking about the latest game and debating who will be the best team in the upcoming season. This most obviously states that teams are more then an entertainment factor but they are also a business. Marketing their players and logos to fans, at a fee of course. Throughout the twentieth century we can see how fans looking for entertainment gradually turn into fanatics. Fanatic has become a relatively new word when discussing sports. Fanatics are different from fans because of their level of devotion. A fanatic can be described as a “person with an obsessive interest in and enthusiasm for something,” and by something we mean sports. Fanatics have altered professional athletics in recent years, todays professional sports are seen as a growing business. Ever since technological advancements especially in media, including the radio and most importantly the television, professional sports have prospered into a enormous business. In the past two decades we can see the franchise of sports growing as the number of fans increase and show support of their favorite teams. Not only are professional athletes being paid millions of dollars but they also becoming celebrities when back in the day only the best of the best were considered famous. The sports industry becomes unimportant and senseless when you take away the fans. Without fans you wouldn’t have a constant income and therefore your business (individual team) would be forced to move to another location where fans can be found or the business would be forced into bankruptcy and disappear. Fans are the driving force behind teams. Like the United States government, without the citizens to support democracy and the constitution it would have no value.
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