Organized sports in America was to a large degree parallel with the advent of the modern camera. Not that one necessarily caused the other but they go together like Salt & Pepper. While the history of some sports is blurry, generally it is agreed that the below is representative of the beginning of the modern era of the below sports.
What most of us identify as sports today are "modern versions" that are molded to television and the advertising market. These sports actually have deeply embedded roots in our history, many of which paralleled what would be considered the advent of the modern camera from 1865 - 1875.
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