Four tips and tricks to host a
sports viewing party to remember
Amateur and professional
athletics are both big
business. According to
Forbes, the Southeastern Conference,
a collective of universities
that includes the University
of Alabama and the
University of Georgia, generated
$375 million in television
money alone in 2015, collecting
another $140 million from
football and basketball postseason
While that’s a hefty chunk
of change, and even more impressive
the SEC is just one of many
conferences in college athletics,
it pales considerably
in comparison to the National
Football League, which
Forbes projected would surpass
$13.3 billion in total revenues
Such fi gures highlight the
popularity of both amateur
and professional sports.
Viewing parties are a great way to watch the big game with fellow fans, and such gatherings don’t have to require all that much effort on the part
of hosts. Metro Creative Connection
COURIER L 12 IFE, AUGUST 13-19, 2021
Hundreds of millions of people
across the globe enjoy sports, and
many are fond of gathering with fellow
fans to watch their favorite teams
play, whether in-person or on television.
Viewing parties are a great way
to watch the big game with fellow
fans, and such gatherings don’t have
to require all that much effort on the
part of hosts.
Make it a potluck affair.
Potluck affairs make perfect sense
for sports viewing parties, so don’t be
surprised if guests offer to whip up
some homemade guacamole or a buffet
style dish for the big party. Encourage
this, asking guests to share what
they’re bringing with other invitees
so there are no duplicate offerings.
Vary the food and beverage
Chicken wings and beer might
seem like go-to foods and beverages
for the big game, but even sports bars
are increasingly recognizing sports
fans’ desire for healthy foods.
It’s still acceptable to serve staples
like wings, nachos, chips, and pretzels,
but try to provide some healthy
fare like celery and salad as well.
Even whole-grain pretzels might be
more enticing to guests watching
what they eat. In addition, provide alternatives
to alcohol, such as water,
soda and juice, for guests who are abstaining.
Upgrade your television.
Projection screens are go-to options
for many avid sports fans, But
projectors and screens may stretch
some sports fans’ budgets. A 4K ultra
HD television can be an affordable
option depending on the size of
the television, and such devices provide
incredibly crisp pictures that
can make sports fans feel as though
they’re inside the stadium cheering
on their favorite players.
Purchase a sound system.
Today’s televisions are sleek and
thin. While that saves space and provides
more aesthetic appeal than the
bulky televisions of yesteryear, thin
designs leave little room for sound
tech. As a result, it can be hard to hear
what’s going on in the game without a
sound system. Sound systems are relatively
inexpensive; just make sure to
purchase one that is compatible with
Sports viewing parties tend to be
easygoing affairs that don’t require
the level of planning of more formal
— Metro Creative Connection
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