Focusing on the United States over the last century, the book connects past struggles with contemporary injustices, and calls on readers to challenge the militarism, homophobia, racism and sexism, the greed, myths, freeloading, cover-ups, censorships, and consumer and taxpayer gouging that continue to tarnish our country. And believe it or not, this is a book about sports.
With sports owners now on the social services dole, beneficiaries to payouts of some $16 BILLION to pay for arenas and other tax grants, they are stealing from the social safety net at an alarming rate. What with New Orleans and the need for levees to be upgraded and the cuts to welfare and health care, so that the business of profit and sedation of the people, to make sure they have more concerns for their sports heros while the real venue of conflict- class and politics- are just minor irritants to their acquisition of sports stats and in depth topical diversion, while being force fed lies and propaganda about real losses of freedoms and liberty. Ridiculously overpaid stars flaunt their wealth to adoring fans while the poor and destitute are driven out of towns during events like the olympics, the history of sports from its beginnings in the early 20th century to now is documented in this fine book by David Zirin.
Sports is a trillion dollar business worldwide.
Learn about the history of its development and why sports is the perfect tool of capitalisms intentions. Read about Clay/Ali, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and their relationship with each other, as well as Tommie Smith and John Carlos's black-gloved medal stand salute at the 1968 Olympics.
As an increasingly profitable form of mass entertainment (professional sports are now the tenth largest industry in the United States, generating $220 billion in revenue every year), sports are used by the political and financial elite as a way to package, promote and sell their values and ideas.
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Zirin explains that some fans have thrown in the towel on sports, concluding that "sports are little more than a brutal reflection of the savage inequalities that stream through our world." Worse, many sports reporters and editors are shills for the teams and leagues they're supposed to cover, failing to question the abuses, starting with talented high school players, and telling us to "grow up" and "just deal with it" while, as Zirin writes, ". . . eating free press box sushi while the rest of us are paying $9.00 for a hotdog."