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Journal Writing Project: Fascinations


By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project



Why do we as people become thoroughly enthralled in sports? This obsession has become a huge money making industry. According to Forbes(2014) the average NFL team is worth 1.43 billion. Most people don’t think twice about this. They love to watch their Sunday football game and so on. But where does all this money come from, and why do people enjoy watching sports so much? This is something I’ve always personally wondered.

After doing a little research, I took a closer look at the Washington Redskins football team. All of the following statistics and information is from Forbes.com (2014) The owner is Daniel Synder. The team on average makes about $38 per fan paying for a ticket. You multiply that by the metro area population of 5.9 million and the number of games they have, and you are already well past the millions. Obviously not everyone living in the area will be attending the game and paying the $38. But even if only half of the population of that specific area attends a game at some point, there is still well over a million dollars being made. According to Jonah Lehrer (2014), these statistics are not even including the revenue from merchandise or the $7 million in television revenue.

In an overall quick look, the sport is making about $1,150 million, the stadium makes $511 million, the market $550 million, and the merchandise $214 million. The few expenses are $118 million paying for the players.

NFL teams around the world are becoming big business. We now can see how that happens, but my final question is why. Why do people want to spend money to watch huge sweaty guys bang heads and knock each other down? Why do crowds go crazy when a touchdown is scored on their favorite team? According to psychologist Nicholas Christenfeld (2014), humans like watching feats of physical talent, but we still want to be surprised. If we think about this, it is very true. In professional sports teams we usually do not know who is going to win. Teams trade players, coaches, and owners. All aspects of each team become quite similar. At times we do have a good idea who is going to win, but then an upset occurs! Perhaps that is the most exciting thing that can happen in a game. People streak, scream, cry, yell, sing and express many more actions at games. The most excitement usually happens at times when an amazing physical feat happens. This is the point in the game where a person can see chips being thrown a .....
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Journal Writing Project: It is the giving season

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

By Gabrielle Sand Have you done your good deed for the day? If not, you can stop by the Mabel-Canton High School Gym and pick out an ornament off the Christmas in Fillmore County tree! The ornaments have pictures on them of gifts that are needed. O ..... 
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Remembering those lost

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Everything changed for the families of 26 people on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Early in the morning while Sandy Hook Elementary School was in session, a 20 year old man named Adam Lanza, shot his way into the school. The police be ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Looking forward

By Abigail Hanson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

The school year is coming to a close, and it is necessary for me to think about my future. For me, that means college. I’ve filled out college applications along with numerous scholarship applications, including one for the Fillmore County Journal ..... 
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