Game Over by Dave Zirin
How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down

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What makes “Game Over” so fascinating is [Zirin's] ability to view sports through a different lens. By shifting his perspective, he sees sport as it exists within the larger scope of the culture, rather than as a self-contained system.
-The Maine Edge

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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.
 

About Dave Zirin

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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.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by The New Press. 258 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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The Maine Edge

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Feb 06 2013

What makes “Game Over” so fascinating is [Zirin's] ability to view sports through a different lens. By shifting his perspective, he sees sport as it exists within the larger scope of the culture, rather than as a self-contained system.

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The Boston Globe

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Reviewed by James Sullivan on Feb 01 2013

In the inherently conservative world of sports, it’s encouraging that increasingly athletes are learning to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

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