Commercialism and Violence

Richard Holt

in Sport and the British

Published in print August 1990 | ISBN: 9780192852298
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670541 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Social History

Commercialism and Violence

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This chapter examines the development of professional sports and the emergence of sports commercialism and violence in Great Britain. The mass media has played a significant role in the growth of professional sports, and since the advent of television sports reporting, this has changed greatly. Despite this, sport has not yet become a uniform international component of mass culture. This chapter also analyses hooliganism, particularly in football, and suggests that sports are more than a leisure product to be consumed in the same way as a film or a magazine.

Keywords: professional sports; Great Britain; sports commercialism; sports violence; mass media; hooliganism

Chapter.  26016 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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