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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852298.003.0006

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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