Every day, millions of people partake in sports. Either through playing a game of tennis or basketball or watching a game on television, sports has a major influence
in our lives. In addition, this influence has grown significantly since the advent of the broadband internet speeds. Now, we have more sports information than we can handle right at our fingertips. From instant stats to highlight videos and even complete games we can watch right on our laptops or smartphones, sports is all around us. Because broadband speeds now comes in a variety of forms like satellite, wireless, cable, etc. this close connection with sports activities can be made regardless of where you live at.
Many people feel as though the increasing internet speeds has also changed the people who actually play the games as well. In fact, a recent study found that almost sixty percent of those surveyed said that they feel as though athletes have become more like celebrities thanks to high speed internet. While the more popular athletes have always been famous, the internet has made them more accessible than ever before. In fact, this accessibility is a two way street with the athletes being able to tweet to fans and fans being able to read about their favorite athletes on a daily basis.
Sports related websites are also among some of the most popular sites on the web today. With about a fifth of internet users being sports fans, it is easy to see why so many sports themed websites are so popular. Sites such as ESPN and Yahoo Sports are among the top five websites in terms of the amount of traffic that they see each and every day.
In addition, broadband internet has changed the way that we attend games. In fact, it has made it easier than ever before to go to a game. You no longer need to call the box office or go through a ticket broker in order to get through the door. Today, there are plenty of online auction sites and ticket swap sites where you can pick the game you want to see and purchase tickets with the click of a button. In addition, it is possible to find hard to find tickets online and have them delivered to you without any extra hassle. The internet has also made it easier to get tickets to events such as the World Series and All-Star games.
These new fast broadband internet speeds has also given rise to a whole new industry. The world of fantasy sports is one that did not exist a few short years ago, but has recently shown tremendous growth. Here, sports fans can “own” their own team made up of players in baseball, football, basketball, auto racing and even golf. The team owners then compete with others over the course of a season and the winner will usually take home a cash prize and bragging rights. The world of fantasy sports takes being a fan to a whole new level and has given rise to those who actually make their living talking about the best players to be taken and moves that players need to make in order to keep their team as successful as can be.