For a sociologist focused on social conflict, hockey matches up with their perspective because there are a lot of different factor that affect whether someone can play and how well. Factors such as social class ( pay for ice time and equipment), race and ethnicity ( most who play hockey are caucasian), and gender (women's hockey is not nearly as popular as men's) and age.
In the view of a functionalist, football would match up with their perspective because football is a complex system that has many parts that allow it ti function. Such as they have an owner, then below them is the manager, then any team doctors, the coach, the referee, the players and the fans. As a team they promote solidarity and stability.
Chess is a game that interactionalists would view because it is a close up focus on a social situation. There are a lot of symbols (behavior) that each player must recognize in order to be successful.