MUSIC IN SPORTS
Have you ever played Basketball or Table tennis with your earphone on? If you have, you won’t deny the fact that it’s really fun and it makes the game more interesting to play. It’s even better for most people when they’re listening to music with their team from a loudspeaker. Music on its own has a way of motivating players, coaches and fans and it can really spice up a game.
Funny enough, playing music during sporting events isn’t allowed for most sports (Soccer, NFL, Basketball [except for street basketball], Handball, Tennis, etc). This limitation isn’t helpful considering the fact that we’re just missing out on a more exciting way to entertain people. “I mean… What could possibly go wrong when fans watch their favourite teams play while listening to the sweet jams of good music?” This will even lift up the morale of the players on the pitch and can improve their performance.
Well, let’s look at some cons of music in sports. Perhaps, this may convince us to understand why music isn’t allowed during sporting events.
Words used in music: It’s not every word that’s used in a song that is appropriate for the general public. Remember just as movies can be rated PG13, PG, 18+, etc, sports are rated for general family viewing without parental control. Some of our favourite music contains words which aren’t appropriate. Whether you admit it or not, what you say when singing your favourite song and how you depict yourself can negatively impact your existence. Words have meanings. They can transform you for good and for bad.
Distraction: Alright, listening to music during a sporting event is fun but not every fan or player will find it as a fun thing. Music can and will distract players and fans when it’s played. First, a player or fan may not like the kind of music that’s been played. Everybody has his/her own taste in music and you don’t expect everyone to enjoy one kind of music. Secondly, sports are both physically and mentally played. A player on the pitch definitely has a lot of things going through his mind. He/she could make a mistake, suddenly forget a skill or can generally be distracted by music. This can affect his performance and career as well.
Public disturbance: Sports stadiums usually have thousands of fans coming into each stadium weekly or during weekdays to come to watch their favourite teams play. You’ll need to generate a loud sound through more than one speaker for everyone in the stadium to effectively hear the music that’s played. This will lead to public disturbance. The sounds of the music will certainly reach some distance away from the stadium and this will disturb people. You may be thinking that, well, stadiums are mostly far from where people live. But I’ll tell you that it doesn’t matter. Even if the sounds of the music from stadiums don’t reach people’s residents, many people driving through that area as at that time will be disturbed by the music thereby contributing to environmental pollution.
There is both a good and a bad in allowing music during sporting events. The fact that it isn’t allowed means that the professionals at the top have a reason not to allow it, most probably for the benefit of both players and fans. If you really love listening to music during sporting events, you can get an earphone and play the kind of music you want to hear while watching your favourite game. That way, you’ll be enjoying your favourite sport in the way you want it.