Sports entertainment is a type of spectacle which presents an ostensibly competitive event using a high level of theatrical flourish and extravagant presentation, with the purpose of entertaining an audience. In general spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates Competition is a rivalry between individuals groups nations or animals for territory or resources Theatre (or theater, see spelling differences) is the branch of the Performing arts defined by Bernard Beckerman as what "occurs when one See also Entertainment (disambiguation and The Entertainer (disambiguation Entertainment is an activity designed to give people Brooklyn Book Festival crowd by David Shankbonejpg|thumb|An audience at the Brooklyn Book Festival in New York City.
Some sports entertainment events are forms of actual sports, such as the XFL football league and exhibition basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters association. The XFL was a professional American football league that played for one season in 2001 The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism and Comedy. Others are modifications of sport for entertainment purposes, such as professional wrestling or mud wrestling, both derived from wrestling, and roller derby, derived from roller skating. Professional wrestling, or pro wrestling, is a non-competitive professional Sport, where all matches are scripted by the promotion's booking staff Mud wrestling is classically defined as physical confrontation ( Fighting, Wrestling, etc Wrestling is the act of physical engagement between two people in which each wrestler strives to get an advantage over or control of the opponent Roller derby is an American -invented contact Sport —and historically a form of Sports entertainment —based on formation Roller skating Roller skating is the Traveling on smooth terrain with roller skates Some take activities that are commonplace and make a competition out of them, such as competitive eating. Competitive eating is an event wherein participants consume large quantities of food in a short time period typically 15 minutes or less and the eater of the most food receives
Some forms of sports entertainment involve taking competitive games which are usually considered minor in the grand scheme of things, such as dodgeball, poker, or rock-paper-scissors, and televising them with trumped-up theatrics, such as celebrity competitors or elaborate audiovisual packages. Dodgeball is a traditional team sport played in Physical education classes in the U Poker is a type of Card game in which players bet on the value of the card combination (" hand " in their possession by placing a bet into Rock-paper-scissors (also known as scissors-paper-stone, Jan-ken-pon, rochambeau (sometimes spelled roshambo)
The term came into prominence in the 1980s through its use by Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation, in order to avoid governmental athletic regulation, and it is explicitly used in advertisements by the Harlem Globetrotters. Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 24 1945 popularly known by his Ring name Mr World Wrestling Entertainment Inc ( WWE) is a publicly traded privately controlled integrated media (focusing in Television, Internet, This article is for the legal term For regulation of genes see Regulation of gene expression. Precursors have been found going back to February 1935, when Toronto Star sports editor Lou Marsh described professional wrestling as "sportive entertainment. The Toronto Star is Canada 's highest-circulation newspaper though its print edition is distributed almost entirely within the province of Ontario. Lewis Edwin "Lou" Marsh ( February 17 1879 – March 4 1936) was a Canadian athlete and referee and one of the pioneers "
While the concept of sports entertainment is generally applied only to modern creations, it can also be applied to traditional public spectacles such as bull fighting or even the gladiatorial fights of the ancient Roman Colosseum. Bullfighting or Tauromachy (from Greek ταυρομαχία - tauromachia, "bull-fight" is a traditional spectacle of Spain The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre ( Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio
Monster truck events, and the U. A monster truck is an Automobile, typically styled after Pickup trucks modified or purposely built with extremely large Wheels and suspension. S. television show American Gladiators are contemporary examples of sports entertainment without predetermined outcomes. American Gladiators (2008 TV series American Gladiators (1989-1996 was an American competition Television program that matched a cast of Robot fighting such as Robot Wars and Battle Bots have been a popular sports entertainment fad. A robotic competition is an event where Robots have to accomplish a given task BattleBots is an American company that hosts robot competitions Televised thumb wrestling such as Thumb Wrestling Federation is also a type of sports entertainment. Thumb Wrestling Federation TWF is a Sports entertainment Television series of live-action
Although most sports entertainment is seen as having a niche market, even extremely popular television shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With the Stars fall into the genre. Strictly Come Dancing is a British Television show, featuring celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin Dancing with the Stars is the name of a group of international Television series based on the format of the British series Strictly
Some sports such as mixed martial arts and other combat sports are sometimes considered sports entertainment despite their legitimacy and relative lack of theatrics. Mixed martial arts (MMA is a full contact Combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques from a mixture of Martial arts traditions and A combat sport (also known as a combative sport) is a competitive Contact sport where two combatants fight against each other using certain rules of engagement typically
Sports entertainment has a stigma of mindless pop culture, and has been criticized as such in popular media. The film Idiocracy portrays a future where sports entertainment permeates the global culture: the president is an active professional wrestler and capital punishment consists of a combination demolition derby, monster truck event and gladiator duel, and is a highly popular television broadcast. Idiocracy is a 2006 American dark comedy directed by Mike Judge, and starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph. Demolition derby is a motor-sport usually presented at County fairs and festivals Fiction with a dystopian future setting often portrays deadly futuristic games as popular sports entertainment, including the movies Rollerball and The Running Man and video games such as Smash TV and the Twisted Metal series. A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος alternatively cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is the vision of a society Rollerball is a 1975 dystopian fiction Film directed by Norman Jewison from a screenplay by William Harrison, who adapted For the movie with the same name please see The Running Man (film The Running Man is a Science fiction Novel by Stephen Smash TV is a 1990 Arcade game created by Eugene Jarvis and Mark Turmell for Williams. Twisted Metal is the first game in the Twisted Metal Vehicular combat series