Controversies of the Sports World

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Sports & Recreation - 253 pages
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Contemporary life in the United States would be difficult to understand withouth examining the pivotal role sports have played in it. "Controversies of the Sports World" is designed to take readers of all ages into the heart of the tensions and conflicts that arise from the wide-ranging enterprise that now dominates the lives of millions of people. The controversies explored include such issues in sports as recruitment procedures, steroid and other drug use, discrimination against women, discrimination against African Americans, and violence.

Each of sixteen chapters analyzes the background and current status of a specific controversy illuminating how the games we play and watch affect, and are affected by, the world beyond the playing fields. Putnam presents opposing arguments on the sources and nature of each controversy, providing readers with an understanding of the causes and effects of sports controversies. He also presents a picture of how the people who inhabit the sports world--athletes, coaches, parents, agents, fans, team owners, corporate sponsors, and public officials--pursue their often clashing agendas in a manner that makes conflict inevitable and ongoing. References and Resources sections at the end of each chapter provide readers with annotated cites that will lead them to the sources they need to further explore particular aspects of each topic. The detailed index includes names, places, and teams, as well as concepts which students, teachers, and interested readers can use and explore.

 

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Contents

Superstars for Sale
1
Breaking Down Barriers
17
Slaves to the Scale
35
Under Pressure
47
Player Power
59
The Man in the Mirror
73
Gender Games
87
In the Name of God
103
Beating the Spread
131
Dream Domes and Pleasure Palaces
149
Fans and Fanatics
163
Violence in the Ring
179
Fighting Colors Fighting Words
195
Setting Priorities
209
Sign on the Dotted Line
223
Index
239

Pumping Up
115

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About the author (1999)

DOUGLAS T. PUTNAM is a Fantasy League Commissioner and attorney who works for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio in Columbus. He is a former contributing editor of The Lincoln Library of Sports Champions and a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association.

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