Game Over

Game Over

How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down

Book - 2013
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"Sportscaster Howard Cosell dubbed it "rule number one of the jockocracy": sports and politics just don't mix. But in Game Over, celebrated alt-sportswriter Dave Zirin proves once and for all that politics has breached the modern sports arena with a vengeance. From the NFL lockout and the role of soccer in the Arab Spring to the Penn State sexual abuse scandals and Tim Tebow's on-field genuflections, this timely and hard-hitting new book from the "conscience of American sportswriting" (The Washington Post) reveals how our most important debates about class, race, religion, sex, and the raw quest for political power are played out both on and off the field. Game Over offers new insights and analysis of headline-grabbing sports controversies, exploring the shady side of the NCAA, the explosive 2011 MLB All-Star Game, and why the Dodgers crashed and burned. It covers the fascinating struggles of gay and lesbian athletes to gain acceptance, female athletes to be more than sex symbols, and athletes everywhere to assert their collective bargaining rights as union members. Zirin also illustrates the ways in which athletes are once again using their exalted platforms to speak out and reclaim sports from the corporate interests that have taken it hostage. In Game Over, he cheers the victories but also reflects on how far we have yet to go. Combining brilliant set pieces with a sobering overview of today's sports scene in Zirin's take-no-prisoners style, Game Over is a must read for anyone, sports fan or not, interested in understanding how sports reflect and shape society--and why the stakes have never been higher"--
Publisher: New York :, New Press,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781595588159
Branch Call Number: ANF 306.483097 ZIR
Characteristics: xxiii, 225 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 28, 2019

I saw Mr. Zirin several weeks ago on a discussion/interview television program. (Probably on C-Span.) He seemed like a very smart, interesting, and knowledgeable guy. He writes about the intersection of sports and politics/economics/culture. In addition to writing books, he writes a regular sports column for the "Nation" magazine. "Game Over" is the first book of his that I have read.
I have been frustrated for some time by the role of big money, authoritarian club owners and administrators, special interest politics, and exploitation of athletes in major professional and college sports. The sports have been degraded and corrupted, both on and off the field. Common folk, fans and citizens, have been disrespected. This book is an anthology of stories and commentary. Labor relations in professional sports. Soccer and politics in the Middle East. The economics and politics of World Cup soccer and the Olympics. Scandal and big money in college sports. Secretive, disingenuous club owners. Efforts in the sports world to inhibit free speech. Public funding for new stadiums.
As a disillusioned sports fan, I didn't really "enjoy" the book. Mr. Zirin is such a good reporter and writer, however, that I plan to read more of his books and many of his recent columns in the "Nation." .

Jun 25, 2018

Dave Zirin is great, this book is entertaining and enlightening. Having developed a distaste for sports at an early age (my first exposure to abuse of power (coaches son 1st string not deserved)) this book and recent political stands have caused me to take a second look. Zirin is clear and to the point in his writing and I'm already onto another of his books.

Jun 10, 2013

Some interesting tidbits of information, but author Dave Zirin is clearly a radical leftist and he uses the lure of sports whistleblowing, which he doesn't really do, as an excuse to externalize is radical views.

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Jun 25, 2018

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Jun 10, 2013

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