Review of Replays, Rivalries and Rumbles: The Most Iconic Moments In American Sports

Gietschier, Steven, ed. Replays, Rivalries and Rumbles: The Most Iconic Moments In American Sports. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. 205, Index. $95.00 hardcover, $17.96 e-book. Reviewed by Brett L. Abrams How appropriate during the year that Major League Baseball brought its All-Star Game to Washington, D.C., that a resident of the nation’s…

Review of Football and Manliness

Oates, Thomas P. Football and Manliness: An Unauthorized Feminist Account of the NFL. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. 213. $95.00 hardcover, $23.36 e-book. Reviewed by Brett L. Abrams In Football and Manliness: An Unauthorized Feminist Account of the NFL, Thomas P. Oates  challenges the cultural politics of the National Football League. Oates uses…

Sports Books, Popular Culture, and Audiences

By Brett L. Abrams Like many of you, I finished a book and quickly realized how much more work remained as one faced the challenges of marketing the work! Terry Bradshaw: From Super Bowl Champion to Television Personality emerged from Rowman & Littlefield which is a good press with a small publicity department. Since I…

Olympics and Municipal Investment: US Style

Over the past two months, the momentum of the opposition to Boston hosting the Olympic Games spurred me while the narratives coming out about Rio sparked Matt Holder to write pieces about the Olympics for this blog. Matt summarized his article on media narratives with the statement: “…we see that media narratives care less about…

Five-Ring Circus

The cycle of national group bids to host the Olympic Games usually has not generated the type of openly negative discussion that occurred this year in the United States. From newspaper articles to blogs, to “Olbermann” on ESPN, Boston’s winning bid to represent the U.S. as a potential Summer Olympic site generated a firestorm of…