Media’s influence on perception of athletes

I love watching sports. How the media presents a certain sport and its athletes certainly influences its viewers on how they perceive the two. As an avid basketball fan, I love watching the NBA and NCAA games. Recently I watched The Crossover: Genealogy of one of Basketball’s Most Vicious Moves on The New York Times website.

It’s a nice clip that talks about one of basketball’s most revered moves: the crossover. However it only shows a handful of athletes who used that move in NBA games. There are thousands of players who use that move and some even better than the players discussed in the video. The video only talks about the move in the context of NBA games. So my point is that the media influences us in thinking that only a few handful basketball players are really good in crossovers when in fact there are so many players who are equally good or better.

The Crossover

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