Sports and Their Fans: The History, Economics and Culture of the Relationship Between Spectator and Sport

Sports and Their Fans: The History, Economics and Culture of the Relationship Between Spectator and Sport

by Kevin G. Quinn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0786438029

ISBN-13: 9780786438020

Pub. Date: 01/26/2009

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Though Americans spend more than $25 billion a year on sports and sporting events, this book argues that the influence of sports on our lives is even more profound than this huge figure would seem to suggest. Exploring such topics as the role of sports in the creation of mass culture, cheating, the abuse of illegal drugs, the strange and fascinating role that

Overview

Though Americans spend more than $25 billion a year on sports and sporting events, this book argues that the influence of sports on our lives is even more profound than this huge figure would seem to suggest. Exploring such topics as the role of sports in the creation of mass culture, cheating, the abuse of illegal drugs, the strange and fascinating role that numbers play in sporting events, and the future of spectator sport, this book surveys the outsized impact that sports have on American culture. The author draws from new work in such fields as history, economics, politics, sociology, psychology, and ethics to support his claims.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786438020
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/26/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Figures and Tables xi

Preface 1

1 Fans and Dollars 3

2 Politics, Robber Barons, and Fans 12

3 We Are Sporticus 28

4 Spectator Sports Become Big Business 37

5 Entertainment for the New Century 44

6 Depression, War, and Diaspora 56

7 Chadwick to Arledge to Patrick 76

8 Feeding the Habit and Keeping the Faith 102

9 The Community of the Opium Den 116

10 Lies, Damn Lies, and Fantasy Sports 124

11 Balance, Schmalance 144

12 Fans "Kant" Put Up with Cheating 170

13 The End of the Dinosaurs? 191

Chapter Notes 199

Bibliography 225

Index 245

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