Ethics in Sports

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Ethics in Sports

PH201 Choosing and Using Values

April 24, 2012

Competitive sports have a tremendous impact on our culture, influencing the values of millions of participants and spectators. When you look at the definition of sports in the dictionary, it is described as “a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively”
("The American Heritage®," 2003). The fundamental idea of sport is character building, teaching the virtues of dedication, perseverance, endurance and self-discipline. Sports are an important part of life; it can bring people to together.
In some cases give people a purpose. This is why it is important that sports are played properly and good ethics and values are shown. It is better to teach this to children, so it’s with them as they grow up. Sports are supposed to help us learn not only from defeat but from victory as well and in team sports we learn the importance of co-competiveness and moral values. This is also true when analyzing sports in real life. People participate in sports for different reasons. Some participate as a recreational thing or a pastime, while others participate in a sport as an industry or a business environment. Sports have been a huge public interest dating back to the gladiator fights and the early ages. The results back then were decided by an emperor, but today we have rules and regulations with umpires, referees, and judges that are there to apply these rules and make sure that each one is being followed. The existence of certain rules and regulations have led to many discussions of ethics as it concerns athletes, coaches, management, media, referees, fans, and agents. Everyone involved in sports are affected by the ethics that are involved. To a player, the way he/she plays the game is…...

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