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Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down by [Dave Zirin, Michael Eric Dyson]

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A damning indictment of all that is corrupting sports and a song of praise for athletes standing up for human rights and decency.
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In his enlightening essay collection, Nation columnist and author Zirin (Welcome to the Terrordome) employs common sense and research to show that politics and sports are entangled, whether it s members of the Green Bay Packers supporting the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin s public workers or the Phoenix Suns donning Los Suns uniforms to protest Arizona s controversial, immigrant-obsessed law, SB 1070. . . . Zirin steadfastly demonstrates how the games we watch are not just an escape from the everyday: they are a reflection that provides a perfect opportunity for protest and change.
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"A damning indictment of all that is corrupting sports and a song of praise for athletes standing up for human rights and decency."
--Kirkus

"In his enlightening essay collection, Nation columnist and author Zirin (Welcome to the Terrordome) employs common sense and research to show that politics and sports are entangled, whether it's members of the Green Bay Packers supporting the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin's public workers or the Phoenix Suns donning 'Los Suns' uniforms to protest Arizona's controversial, immigrant-obsessed law, SB 1070. . . . Zirin steadfastly demonstrates how the games we watch are not just an escape from the everyday: they are a reflection that provides a perfect opportunity for protest and change."
--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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One of the UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Dave Zirin is a columnist for The Nation, SLAM magazine, and SI.com. He is the host of Sirius XM’s popular weekly show Edge of Sports Radio and a regular guest on ESPN’s Outside the Lines and on MSNBC. His previous books include A People’s History of Sports in the United States and Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love (both available from The New Press). He lives near Washington, D.C.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00A6DB9T2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The New Press (10 May 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 457 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 253 pages
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Bryan Carey
4.0 out of 5 stars Sport and Politics are Frequent Bedfellows
Reviewed in the United States on 13 May 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sport and Politics are Frequent Bedfellows
Reviewed in the United States on 13 May 2021
We have all been led to believe that sports and politics don’t mix, or at least that they shouldn’t mix. Sports, after all, is one thing in which people of differing opinions can come together in unison and show that, in spite of their differences in beliefs, philosophies, etc they at least share a common love of sports entertainment. But politics, however, has made its way into sports in more ways than people realize, and this ugly truth is the focus of this book, Game Over.

Sports have been corrupted by politics and social norms and this book touches on many of them. Whether it’s a general controversy like the lack of pay for college athletes or a more specific incident like the Green Bay Packers and their support for the unionization and collective bargaining rights of public workers, this book shows that politics and sports have always been together, to one degree or another. It’s like a strained marriage where both parties continue to remain united in matrimony, even when they know both sides would be better off if they could sever the ties.

Certain parts of this book seem more meaningful than others and anyone who follows sports or is involved in sports will likely come away with a different section that they felt was best. I really liked the chapter about Joe Paterno and the boatload of atrocities that took place while he was head coach at Penn State. This situation showed how important money and economic power and prestige are to a college, or really anything else. People were more than willing to look the other way because Paterno was well liked and, most importantly, a tremendous success who brought money to the university.

The one thing you will not gain insight about from reading this book is the more recent sports and political controversy involving kneeling during the national anthem. This is likely the incident that is most fresh in everyone’s mind, but this book was published several years before this took place. I would love to read a follow up book from this author to get his take on this controversy and other happenings of recent years.

I prefer my sports to be free from politics but like with most things, we should know by now that the two are inextricably mixed and will likely always be this way, at least to an extent. Game Over is a good primer on the injustices that continue to plague the sports world and a good motivator for us all to work for continued change.
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Malvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Insights into the politics of sport
Reviewed in the United States on 15 February 2013
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JEC
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb book by David Zirin. Can't wait to read another book by him!
Reviewed in the United States on 5 March 2021
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James H. Foy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening!
Reviewed in the United States on 31 December 2013
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mgrdtch kaimakamian
4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Oz-like Curtain of Sports
Reviewed in the United States on 18 February 2016
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