A sports drama is an interesting movie genre which makes use of sports as the central theme of the movie. In it, a particular sport, event, athlete, or fan of a particular sport are heavily involved, and depend upon sport for almost a major part of their plot’s resolution or goal. It can take place in real life sports arena such as sports clubs, sports courts, sporting facilities, etc. But it can also take place in movie genres which are wholly based on sports: for example, a movie about baseball or basketball. It differs from sports drama mainly in its narrative structure, but also in the number of characters and other details which are related to the main characters or plot of the movie.
This type of movie takes great pains to depict how a person or team fits into the sporting competition, and their ability to rise to the challenge. In most movies, one or two contrasting characters with conflicting motivations try to win over the competition, with each trying to possess, develop, or use new skills, equipment, and tactics to rise above the rest. Some examples of this can be seen in World Series of Poker, The Professionals, Bridget Jones Diary, American History X, Office Space, Casino, The Perfect Score, Pretty Woman, Men in Black II, etc.
Sports people can have two distinct motivations in a sports story: to either win the game and enjoy the competition, or to escape the contest and get some kind of prize or recognition. A competitor might exert physical skill in order to rise to the top and show off, or even to get out of a competition if he feels his skills are inferior. He might also use his skill for the benefit of somebody else, not necessarily to excel at the expense of the athlete but to show how the competition is rigged or contrived. Either way, a winner is usually someone who exhibits an ability or quality which had been absent during the competition.
For the majority of people who attend a public arena or stadium to watch a game or match, the actual competition itself takes place behind a podium, elevated above the playing field, sometimes even above the spectator-s balcony, sometimes even behind the goalpost. On these occasions, there will be judges to determine the winner. Judgments are made by either a panel of three judges (one each from each team) or an independent panel of three judges. One of these judges may even divide the spoils, though it has been noted that it rarely happens due to the fact that it would be very difficult to determine which player won a particular game. Regardless of the situation of the judging panel, the winner of a game is the person or entity with the highest “competition rating” as stated on the card that identifies the winner.
Many people view competition as a game of skill, with each competitor trying to out-maneuver, out-work, out-wit, and above all, out-earn the other competitors in order to be awarded the prize. However, judging is not just a contest of skill. There is also a lot of psychology that goes into a sporting event or competition. As mentioned previously, there are panels of judges looking at various aspects of a game or competition. As well, in most sports, there is the element of physical activity, whether it is the sweat on the brow of a professional wrestler or the lightning fast pace of a high school athlete during their winning leap; these physical factors play a crucial role in the overall outcome of a competition.
Whether the judge or panel makes the final determination of a winner, it is important to acknowledge that the sport itself is the winner. In essence, the competition results from a contest of skill, rather than skill alone. This is why it is so important that the participants participate in the physical exertion that the sport requires, and that they are thoroughly prepared both mentally and physically. It is important that the participants take pride in themselves and know that they can do no wrong.