Without the oil and gas industry, we wouldn’t have been able to watch the Stanley Cup Finals this weekend (sorry Stars fans). For example, hockey pucks are created using multiple oil and gas byproducts. With an average of 86 games played in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and roughly12 pucks used per game, about 1,032 hockey pucks are used JUST during the Stanley Cup.
From the stadiums that the games are played in to the protective gear worn by the players, the NFL would be nonexistent if not for the oil and gas industry. The polycarbonate in NFL helmets protects every player on the field from injury. In addition to the hard plastic used to create helmets, shoulder pads are also created using oil and gas byproducts.
Gloves, uniforms, and even baseballs are all made using oil and gas byproducts. Inside a baseball there is a cork center surrounded by synthetic rubber, which is made during petroleum production. Baseball fields are also created using oil and gas byproducts. For example,nitrogen-based fertilizer is used to make the field bright green.
Not only are basketballs created using a butyl rubber bladder (an oil and gas byproduct), but basketball nets are also created using polyester, a material created during a chemical reaction involving petroleum. Similar to nets, jerseys are crafted using a breathable polyester that simply would not exist without the oil and gas industry.