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Violence in sports : victory at what price?
Margolis, Jeffrey A.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the issues related to manifestations of violent behavior in sports at all levels of competition and the effect of this violence on society in general.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.4 3.0 31512.
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GV706.7 .M37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Fierce financial competition, the determination to win, and fanatical fans all play a part in the increase in sports violence. While many people think victory is worth the violence, others feel that the principles of sportsmanship and fair play should be honored above all. The author examines the factors at play and assesses both sides of this sports controversy.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. With meticulous documentation, Margolis gives readers a lot to digest about the worldwide decay of sportsmanship and the effect that escalating, often deadly, violence is having on sports. Exploring many angles with equal thoroughness, he paints a bleak picture of how players, fans, and even parents are contributing to the epidemic problem. Memorable examples--championship victories that turned into riots, players with a penchant for domestic violence (there's only a brief reference to O. J.), the brutal attacks on Monica Seles, Nancy Kerrigan, and Evander Holyfield--show how violence has pervaded every sport. Just when the examples are becoming overwhelming, Margolis switches to ways that honorable athletes and sports organizations are campaigning to rewrite the rules to discourage outbursts and return to competitions that honor integrity. Notes, a glossary, and Web-site listings are among appended materials. --Roger Leslie

Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This well-documented, clearly written book examines a topic that is a perennial favorite for term papers. Margolis makes the excellent point that most violence in sports is intrinsic to the activity. He notes, for example, that football, hockey, and especially boxing involve actions that would be illegal in most other areas of life. Also considered are the influence of parents, coaches, the media, the availability of alcohol at sporting events, and the preferential treatment accorded star athletes at all levels. While some may find the list of possible solutions to this pervasive problem less than compelling, perceptive readers will respond to the author's suggestion that the real key to reducing the level of violence in sports lies in an examination of our own attitudes and values. Average-quality black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout the book. More up-to-date than Gilda Berger's Violence and Sports (Watts, 1990; o.p.) and with a narrower focus than Nathan Aaseng's The Locker Room Mirror (Walker, 1993), this title would be a welcome addition to most collections.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.