Controversies of the Sports World

Controversies of the Sports World

Controversies of the Sports World

Controversies of the Sports World

Synopsis

Contemporary life in the United States would be difficult to understand without 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. "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, teams, and concepts which students, teachers, and interested readers can use to explore the controversies that have arisen in this wide-ranging enterprise.

Excerpt

In the last half of the twentieth century, the wide-ranging enterprise of sports has assumed a hugely prominent role in American society. There are few people in the United States who have not been affected in some manner by the overwhelming increase in televised sporting events, professional team franchises and leagues, media interest, programs for girls and women, youth sports competitions, sports betting, and high-profile athletes and coaches who command multi-million-dollar salaries. As spectators or participants, or both, millions of Americans now view sports as the central, defining activity of their lives.

In its many aspects, the sports world both reflects and influences the larger society of which it is a part. Sports are now deeply entwined with our schools, colleges, and universities, our family lives, our workplaces, our social networks, and our commercial and political systems. Sports even have a place in our religious institutions and in the private, fantasy lives of individuals. Sports are adored by people from all walks of life, and they can offer the opportunity to build bridges between young and old, rich and poor, black and white, and male and female. And because the sports world is connected to so many institutions and traditions, it is an excellent place to study the complicated and often powerful social forces that create controversy.

This book examines sixteen controversies of the sports world -- ongoing conditions or sets of circumstances that give rise to drama, conflict, and tension and that illuminate one or more aspects of sports' connection to, and influence on, our society. Within the book, readers will discover tales of garbage-littered inner-city playgrounds and shimmering suburban skating rinks, histories of enduring spectacles like the World Series and the Olympic Games, accounts of courageous athletes in training and competition, and stories of the people who surround athletes and do so . . .

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