Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture

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INDEX
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem (formerly Lew Alcindor), 282
Abramovich, Roman, 33n.57, 139
Ackermann, Josef, 6n.11
Adidas, 279–80
Akers, Michelle, 181, 196, 198n.67
Alabama in Huntsville, University of, 278n.12
Algarve Cup, 193
All-American Girls Baseball League, 78
Allen, George, 10
Amaechi, John, 196n
American college sports: as amateur sports for most student-athletes, 275–77; baseball, marginalization of, 311–12; Canadian and British college sports compared to, 284–88; as democratizing agents for a bourgeois society, 306–8; developmental path of, product differentiation in a competitive environment and, 304–5; football, the early evolution of, 295–301; football, the rise of, 301–3; football and men's basketball: money, attendance, and television audience associated with, 278–84; foreign players and the globalization of sports, 313–15; geography of postsecondary education in the U.S. and the fan base for, 308–11; intercollegiate club sports, 276; origins of in elite education and early competitions, 288–94; Title IX and the inclusion of women, 184, 187, 190, 313; uniqueness of, 272–75; women's basketball, 274. See also National Collegiate Athletic Association
American football: college competition (see American college sports); European critics of, 209–10; the failed globalization of, 93–102; kickers ridiculed in, 158n.2; the Super Bowl, 4, 94, 96, 100–1; women excluded from, 158. See also National Football League
American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, 77
American soccer: American culture, global culture and increasing stature in, 13237; Anschutz as owner and “player” in, 6; the “Beckham effect,” 37–38, 107, 120, 135–37; big events, interest in (“Olympianization”), 107–9, 126–29; cultural diffusion of, 271–72; domestic vs. international matches, interest in, 124–25; ESPN commitment to, 130–31; “Eurosnobs,” sports broadcasting and, 127n; Latinos and, 137–38; Major League Soccer (see Major League Soccer (MLS); nationalism and, 129; number of participants in, 179–80, 186–87; players and followers/viewers, relationship of, 129–30; the question of, 271–72; recreational, 184–87; second globalization emergence of, appeal to counter-cosmopolitanism and, 138–43; upset of England in the 1950 World Cup, 108–10; women's (See women's soccer in America); World Cup, popular interest in, 109–19, 124, 129–31
American Soccer League (ASL), 112, 164
American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), 185–86
Andrews, David L., 89n.113
“Anna Kournikova syndrome,” 195
Anschutz, Philip F., 6–7, 138

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