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

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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: 1/26/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin G. Quinn is an associate professor of economics at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables

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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