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Action Sports and Television
Actions sports have always been interesting to me. The way the athletes perform their tricks, how judges score them, and how the camera operators keep up with such a fast paced competition. The more I thought of my interest in this subject, the more I wanted to know. The growth of action sports on television follows the same pattern of any other type of show genre in its early stages. Documentaries, themed shows or movies, and especially the coverage on live television would be good places to start looking into. The impact on cable television and sports channels could further delve into other questions that comes to mind, like how the public viewed them. When did corporate sponsorships begin to move the funding along to keep such events growing in the public eye? When did extreme/action sports become a “regular” in sports programming?
It is difficult to pin-point precisely when the phrase extreme sports began to refer to specific modern sports. It goes back to the 1970s when mountain biking and marathon running were two of the most extreme sports. I b…