Sports and the Media. Areas of Interest in the Study of Sport and the Media. Characteristics of the Media Sports’ Relationship with the Media Images and Messages in Media Sports The Characteristics of Sports Journalism. Media Characteristics.
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One of the paradoxes associated with the media coverage of sports is that the media open up new opportunities for spectators to view sports, but they also limit and define the experiences of spectators. Using at least two examples of each from the textbook, explain how the media can do both these things simultaneously.
Coakley and Donnelly make the point that mediated sports are symbolic constructions, just as Hollywood films and television soap operas are symbolic constructions. What is meant by this point, and what is involved in the media construction of sports?
Coakley and Donnelly state that the coverage of sports in North American media has probably had a major impact on how people in Canada and the U.S. think about masculinity, femininity, and gender relations as a whole. Use material and examples from the chapter and from your personal experience to either agree or disagree with this statement.