Artificial Ice: Hockey, Culture, and Commerce

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David Whitson, Richard S. Gruneau
Broadview Press, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 283 pages
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Artificial Ice explores how hockey has moved from popular pastime to commercial entertainment product, and one struggling to maintain its stature in the North American entertainment market. Contributors to Artificial Ice discuss the changing character of "major league" sports in North America, the strategic mistakes of the NHL in trying to enlarge its US presence, the importance of television to the economics of sports today, and the role of luxury sports facilities in the new "downtown" economy. The book highlights profound social and cultural changes within hockey, as well as in the global market for sporting spectacles.

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About the author (2006)

David Whitson is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is co-author, with Richard Gruneau, of the widely acclaimed Hockey Night in Canada: Sport, Identities, and Cultural Politics (Garamond Press, 1993).

Richard Gruneau is a Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. In addition to co-authoring "Hockey Night in Canada", he is the author of "Class, Sports, and Social Development "(University of Massachusetts Press, 1983).

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