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Sport and the BritishA Modern History$
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Richard Holt

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780192852298

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852298.001.0001

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Commercialism and Violence

Commercialism and Violence

(p.280) 5 Commercialism and Violence
Sport and the British

Richard Holt

Oxford University Press

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

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