The Advantages of Music Contests over Sports Contests
Ever since Bill Shankley voiced the nations’ concern for sport, saying football is much more important than simply a matter of life and death, everyone has realised just how much sport is part of our DNA. Now imagine the pressure on the sportsmen and women themselves, the pressure to constantly perform, entertain and obviously, win on a day to day basis.
One of the advantages that contests and competitions in the arts has over sporting contests, if one looks at it this way, is that there is less direct competition. Although there are singing contests with winners and losers, and the sense of competition is just as fierce, performers often dragged out on a weekly basis for continued follow-up performances, champions are selected based on a value judgement. Someone’s opinion only, be it judges, an individual or the public. Naturally too, this is also the case for any singer or musician to develop a distinct brand, or personality on stage, as this forces an opinion from viewers. And if this opinion is good, then it places that performer, statistically, in a smaller, more likely to be successful group. So, next time you are taking part in a singing or music contest, and are feeling overwhelmed with nerves and tension, remember that you win by being you. As well as you can. And it is easier than a game of football, where you can be as entertaining as anyone can be, if a horrible opponent kicks the ball into the net, you still lose.
It is, in fact this very brutal nature of sport that makes it so addictive to watch. One may have favourites and there may be some sportsmen, teams or competitors deserve to win, that should win, but end up losing. Fans suffer the same pain and emotion that the players do. It is in fact this very emotive factor, this determined support and fervent wish for success that drives fan sites around the world, increases the financial rewards and hence competitiveness of the sport itself. It also leads to sports betting and the myriad of sports betting online sites that makes this activity popular are thankfully very welcoming to UK punters.
Betting has been part of the human psyche for millennia, and people have bet on pretty much anything they can over the years. Sports betting is the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome. It is generally considered to be a form of gambling. Aside from simple wagers such as betting a friend that one’s favourite cricket team will win, that a national football team will win a bowl game or the national championship, sports betting is commonly performed through a bookmaker or through various online internet outlets. With the incredible explosion of activity online, sports betting and internet betting has similarly boomed. Thanks to this incredible growth, and specifically that of smartphone technology, this century, the popularity of mobile betting is exploding, as a techno-savvy populace becomes aware of the capabilities of this sensational device. No longer is it necessary to sit down at an internet enabled computer to experience the thrill of sports betting online sites since smartphones comfortably have the capability to access, play and, importantly, win at sports betting.