Why We Like Different Sports

And Play the Same Game Differently

The Impact of Culture on Sports

by Tom Fadrhonc

As a student, Tom Fadrhonc played rugby at a university in the Netherlands. Sports was a social thing and the majority of the students played primarily to have fun, and secondly to win. Rugby is played at schools and colleges and universities around the world, yet it is popular in relatively few countries. And the rules are completely country-specific. And then, there are sports that are only played in certain regions, such as lacrosse for instance, which is primarily played in the Eastern US and Canada. Why is the popularity of these games region-specific? While they’re different games, the countries in which they are played and how they are played show similar Cultural Values.

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