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Part A: Write a brief essay on sports and what sociology offers, as a way to understand it from a human experience

Why do so many people participate in sports, either as fans, players, or as a business?
What do sports answer in terms of human needs?
How can sports be explained from a sociological point of view?

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. You are being asked to write an essay on the topic of sports from a sociological viewpoint. You have been given 3 questions to answer in this essay as well. While it might appear to be complex, remember that you are being asked to answer briefly - this means as 'short' as possible. As a solution to this problem, it would be best to have an outline to follow. I suggest the following:

1. What is sports and why do people participate in it? Discuss participation as a form of leisure, athleticism, fandom and business. About 150 words.
2. Sports and human needs - what does sports answer, in your opinion, in terms of human need? About 150 words.
3. What is sports, sociologically speaking? Here, I propose using a sociological perspective (i.e. the conflict perspective). About 150 words.

The solution below utilizes this outline to attempt at providing a sample narrative that can help you in putting together your own. If you have any questions, just let me know via the feedback section. Good luck with your studies.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

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