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Controversies of the sports world
Putnam, Douglas T., 1953-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Reading Level:
1330 Lexile.
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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.

Author Notes

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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School Library Journal Review

YA-A log of the remarkable journey that sports has made in American society. The best of these essays explore the mood, tension, power, muscle, and underlying economic enterprises that dominate the world of athletic endeavor. In short, Putnam's mastery of these topics is what makes this book a must read for teens participating in sports on an intramural and professional basis. The author examines 16 controversies centered around recruitment, player power, religion, contracts, the role of African-American athletes, discrimination against women, weight, steroid and other drug use and abuse, violence, and fans and fanatics. Much can be gained by studying the past and present in order to forge a new future. References, resources, and a detailed index that includes names, places, and teams appear at the end of each section.-ayo dayo, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Putnam, a lawyer by profession, explores myriad dysfunctional dimensions of sport, including the exploitation of superstar athletes, gender and racial "games," religion, drugs, dome development, cheating, and violence. In effect, 16 high-profile and controversial sports world case studies are examined in an attempt to bring attention to the intimate connection and influences of sports. The controversies cited are examples of ongoing battles that continue to plague society. Each case study examines links between the past and present, delving into reasons why the controversy endures and what the future might hold. The work is accompanied by references and resources, including organizations that have and may offer more inclusive data on the topic. Also presented at each chapter's end are useful topics for further introspection and discussion. Germane for all those interested in the domains of sport sociology and sport management and administration. General readers, upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. M. L. Krotee; University of Minnesota

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
1. Superstars for Salep. 1
2. Breaking Down Barriersp. 17
3. Slaves to the Scalep. 35
4. Under Pressurep. 47
5. Player Powerp. 59
6. The Man in the Mirrorp. 73
7. Gender Gamesp. 87
8. In the Name of Godp. 103
9. Pumping Upp. 115
10. Beating the Spreadp. 131
11. Dream Domes and Pleasure Palacesp. 149
12. Fans and Fanaticsp. 163
13. Violence in the Ringp. 179
14. Fighting Colors, Fighting Wordsp. 195
15. Setting Prioritiesp. 209
16. Sign on the Dotted Linep. 223
Indexp. 239