The following piece says head injuries might eventually transform football, if not the entire sports landscape in the United States. Is that possible? Had you asked Americans in the 1930s about horse racing or in the 1950s about boxing, they would have scoffed (just like you are right now.) Let me hear your thoughts on this subject below.
Read the following report published in USA Today to decide whether college athletes should get paid – despite challenges to their athleticism and by athletes in other sports who would not receive additional compensation.
Read the following story by Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post both to comment below and for the test later this week.
How did the press comment on baseball during the early years? Compare this coverage to modern sports reporting, linking to at least one article on your posting. As always, comment on at least one other students’ post.
Sports has a staggering affect upon American culture, starting its meteoric rise thanks to publications like the Police Gazette and the Spirit of the Times. Virtually every surge in sports’ popularity has been driven by an equally dramatic increase in media coverage, says media critic Robert McChesney. After reading his article, “Media Made Sport: A History of Sports Coverage in the United States,” argue which time periods have been the most significant to sports’ increased popularity – citing the reasons for your choices. Make sure you also comment on at least two other students’ posts.
Here are some online resources you can use to get more information on Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion who faced extreme racism 100 years ago. His dominance over white fighters prompted race riots across the country. You can read (and listen to) an interview with the producer of Unforgivable Blackness by clicking here.