More Than Just A Game

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More Than Just a Game tracks 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...

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Overview

More Than Just a Game tracks 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 Game is a fascinating exploration of a phenomenon that has engaged the American imagination and thrilled fans for decades.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of American History - Richard C. Crepeau
Dr. Jay has produced a useful and thoughtful volume... it offers much insight into, and raises important questions about, recent developments in American Sport.
Aethlon - Terry Martin
A valuable and necessary read... Riveting.
Choice
Her judgments are sharp, her insights astute, and her breadth remarkable...Highly recommended.
The Journal of American History
Dr. Jay has produced a useful and thoughtful volume... it offers much insight into, and raises important questions about, recent developments in American Sport.

— Richard C. Crepeau

Aethlon
A valuable and necessary read... Riveting.

— Terry Martin

Indianapolis Star - Lawrence S. Connor
More Than Just a Game will be an important source for historians and sociologists in years ahead...
Forecast
[Jay] traces the complex evolution of sports in American society over the course of the past sixty years, explaining how and why the major sports... have become a multibillion-dollar industry, as well as a major influence on and reflection of American society.
Indianapolis Star
More Than Just a Game will be an important source for historians and sociologists in years ahead...

— Lawrence S. Connor

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Meet the Author

Kathryn Jay was most recently an assistant professor of history and director of American studies at Barnard College.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionSports, the American WayAn Athletic Cold WarA Brave New WorldMaking Sense of the SixtiesWalking the Picket Line and Fighting for RightsCompeting on the Open MarketHigh-Priced Heroes Go Global

Columbia University Press

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