Sports Broadcast Analysis Of Nba Game: Use Of The Televised Sports Manhood Formula In Sports Broadcasting

2115 words - 8 pages

For a professional sport broadcast I chose to cover a National Basketball Association (NBA) game of the New Jersey Nets playing in Philadelphia against the Philadelphia 76ers. The game was broadcast on the Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) network. This game featured the two teams with the lowest win percentage in their division of the NBA. This broadcast shows that the most popular professional sports still do exemplify the televised sports manhood formula introduced by Michael Messner in his book Taking the Field: Women, Men, and Sports. The main themes Messner gives as his televised sports manhood formula are: white males are the voice of authority, sport is a man's world, men are foregrounded in commercials, women are sexy props or prizes for successful sports performances or consumption choices, whites are foregrounded in commercials, aggressive players get the prize, boys will be violent boys, give up your body for the team, and sports are war. I will demonstrate that each of these topics is covered by the broadcast of the basketball game. The overall message conveyed by the production of this game on television is that the typical people who should like basketball and watch it are successful white men. I will show that in the two and a half hour broadcast of the Nets vs. 76ers game the televised sports manhood formula is still used.
When I first turned to the game I noticed that the pregame show was hosted by a white female behind an anchor desk. She was by herself and covered the main headlines of the news around the basketball league. She also did the halftime and post-game show by herself. This goes against the theme that white males are the voice of authority, but during the game the two commentators were both white males. On the court the New Jersey Nets head coach is a white male and the 76er head coach is a black male who was a former NBA basketball player. Overall the white male is the voice of authority because in the broadcast we hear the white male commentators the most and they report on what is going on in the game. They give their opinions on the game and the television viewers listen to them throughout. One example is in the third quarter of the game the team was losing by eighteen points and one person said that the New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez needs to be more involved in the game. He is giving his opinion on what he believes should happen in the game. With the exception of the lone female anchor on the pregame, halftime, and post game shows the two white male commentators are the only people we hear in the basketball game.
The next theme that the Nets game showed was the sports are a man's world. There was no mention of the women's sports that the network also does occasionally show but there were many commercials for the return of the baseball regular season and opening day for the Yankees. The stands were pretty empty since both teams are bad but there was not one single female I saw on the sidelines as...

Find Another Essay On Sports Broadcast Analysis of NBA Game: Use of the Televised Sports Manhood Formula in Sports Broadcasting

The Use of Steroids in Professional Sports

1691 words - 7 pages The Use of Steroids in Professional Sports They’re among the world’s most controversial drugs. Not Heroin, Ganja, Coke or Crystal Meth, but Anabolic Steroids. Steroids are medical treatments that come in two varieties: Anabolic Steroids and Corticosteroids. These are both synthetic versions of hormones produced naturally in the body but they perform two completely different tasks. Corticosteroids are used by doctors to decrease inflammation

sports Essay

995 words - 4 pages The first time that I had any type of knowledge about the possibility of college sports being banned was just a few weeks ago inside of my English 101 class. I cannot express how surprise I was when I found this out. Not in a million years I ever would of thought a activity that most athletes live by every day can just go away in a snap of a finger. How could somebody even turn professional if they have not been in the college phase yet


3578 words - 15 pages of the local community together where they would socialize and get to know one another. Recreation also allowed for a display of “Manhood” with in the society, sports allowed men to show off their physical prowess and attract possible suitors. This importance of recreation stayed true within the colonies as an integral part of man’s everyday life, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to John Garland Jefferson in 1972, “leaving all the afternoon


1066 words - 4 pages clubhouse. At $5 million per, White is a bargain if he can avoid the disabled list.Giambi is a no-brainer. Granted, fans are unhappy because Tino Martinez is a fan favorite, and he gave the Yankees six superb seasons, but Giambi is simply one of the great offensive forces in the game today. Giambi is a perfect Yankee hitter, showing incredible patience at the plate. He hits for power and average, and his on-base percentage over the past three


670 words - 3 pages Hockey It was nearing the end of our practice; we were all exhausted, but we skated as though we had just stepped onto the ice. We knew that tomorrow, we had our first playoff game. The battles we faced were hard fought, and the victories were sweet. The team and I were ready to get off the ice and go home, but our coach called us in. He had a letter in his hand. He read it to us, and the only words that echoed in my head after that were

Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports

1981 words - 8 pages The use of performance enhancing drugs in sports (doping) is done to improve athletic performance. Doping in sports has become a highly controversial topic among professional sporting venues and in the media. With the increased pressure to perform, high priced contracts, increased competition, and advanced training methods today’s athletes will try to gain an edge by any means necessary. Performance enhancing drugs used by athletes today include

Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs In Sports

1173 words - 5 pages Is the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports dangerous? To what degree do these drugs truly enhance strength, size, training ability, and muscular performance? Not only are the answers to these questions still unclear, they are the subjects of deep controversy. This paper will examine those two major issues, first dealing with steroids and their effect on athletic performance and attitude then dealing with various effects that drugs have

Nanotechnology Use in Sports

2323 words - 10 pages Research Method Scope The main target of this research are two main groups, the spectators and the athletes. These are two important stakeholders being affected by decisions related to nanotechnology’s use in sports. The fans and spectators of sports were reached through an online survey. By posting the survey on multiple websites and forums I was able to reach out to different people in different countries and get a representative opinion

Steroid Use in Sports

2153 words - 9 pages sports in the nation such as hockey, baseball, football and basketball, all have athletes who have used or currently use steroids. Steroids amongst our idols have led children of different ages and sizes to attempt to use steroids. Everyone has heard the rumors of professional baseball players such as Jason Giambi, and Mark Mcgwire using steroids but nobody can exactly put there finger on the subject. There are many players in the Major League

The Evolution of Sports

2331 words - 9 pages many times but not implemented, but it is no question that civilization does experience some measure of peace during the Olympics. The peace may not extend to places where warfare is perpetual and civil arrest has been incorporated so strongly into their culture that mere truce invocations suffices. Nevertheless, the founding principle of the Olympics, which is to use sports as a medium to offer peace in chaotic times, transcends other

Sports of the Renaissance

1256 words - 5 pages James Naismith, creator of basketball, used a soccer ball as the first basketball. The game of soccer was originally played with an inflated animal bladder that was surrounded with leather (Leibs 67). Just as in every sport, as time evolves, so do the materials being played with. The materials begin becoming more durable, controllable, and affordable. During the Renaissance period, many sports were evolved and took a turn for the better

Similar Essays

Use Of Steroids In Sports Essay

1567 words - 6 pages As the use of performance enhancing drugs is becoming more popular among athletes, many of them don't understand the risks involved in taking these drugs. Many people are looking for a quick way to build muscle, or to get stronger the fastest way possible. Using these performance aids may very well be a quick fix for many athletes, but taking these supplements is unethical and dangerous. Using special drugs to boost an athletes performance is

The Use Of Steroids In Sports

1312 words - 5 pages Peanuts, hot dogs, the cracking sound of a bat crushing a ball over the left field wall. The ability to thrill so many on limitless levels is a familiar characteristic associated sports. So much attention, time, and money are devoted to sports these days, maybe even too much. Perhaps all the pressure is what has sparked steroid use in sports and stimulated numerous controversies over the subject. The use of steroids is an unfair training method

The Use Of Steroids In Sports

2280 words - 9 pages of these drugs also brings out another side of sports. If use steroids in the MLB, you receive a long term suspension and also another possible punishment if the commisioner requests so (Baseball Almanac), but in the NFL, most players receive only a four game suspension and get treated like they really didn’t do anything wrong( 2010 Steroid Policy PDF, This is unfair and fixing this immediately is very important. I don’t

The Use Of Creatine In Sports

4127 words - 17 pages The Use of Creatine in Sports The first weeks of my senior season of football were the toughest times I had ever had in my life. We had two practices a day. We had one practice early in the morning, and one late in the afternoon. Physically, I wasn't at a level like most of my teammates. I felt like I couldn't do anything on the high school level; plus I was being thrown around like a rag doll. I needed something that would help me reach my