9780231125352

More Than Just a Game

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  • ISBN13:

    9780231125352

  • ISBN10:

    0231125356

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-04-15
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

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Summary

More Than Just a Gametracks the explosion of the sports industry in the United States since 1945 and how it has shaped class, racial, gender, and national identities. By examining both professional and intercollegiate sports such as baseball, football, basketball, golf, tennis, and stock car racing, Kathryn Jay looks at the impact of packaging, salary, hype, corporate sponsorship, drug use, and the presence of women and African American players. Jay also considers the persistent belief that sports encourage good citizenship and morality despite a rise in cheating and violent behavior and an unabashed emphasis on financial gain. More Than Just a Gameis a fascinating exploration of a phenomenon that has engaged the American imagination and thrilled fans for decades.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1(8)
1. Sports, the American Way 9(36)
2. An Athletic Cold War 45(34)
3. A Brave New World 79(34)
4. Making Sense of the Sixties 113(33)
5. Walking the Picket Line and Fighting for Rights 146(34)
6. Competing on the Open Market 180(37)
7. High-Priced Heroes Go Global 217(26)
Notes 243(14)
Bibliography 257(2)
Index 259

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