Media, sports, & society / edited by Lawrence A. Wenner.

by Wenner, Lawrence ALooking glass.

Publisher: Newbury Park ; Sage, 1989.Description: 315 pages ; 22cm.ISBN: 080393243X; 0803932448.Subject(s): Games -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Sports -- Social aspectsNote: Includes bibliographies.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Media, Sports and Society provides a foundation for research on the communication of sports. The volume is framed by a seminal article outlining the parameters of the communication of sports and pointing to major issues that need to be addressed in the relationship between sports and media. Contributors examine the theoretical, cultural and historical issues, the production of media sports programming, its content and its audience. Individual chapters include a discussion of the spectacle of media sports, a comparison of Super Bowl Football and World Cup Soccer, a consideration of the spectators′ enjoyment of sports violence, the rhetoric of winning and the American dream, and a fascinating examination of gender harmony and sports interests.

Includes bibliographies.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 Overviews
  • Media, Sports, and Society
  • The Research Agenda
  • Media Made Sport
  • A History of Sports Coverage in the United States
  • Cultural Studies and the Sports/Media Complex
  • Part 2 The Media Sports Production Complex
  • Sports Programming
  • Scheduling, Costs, and Competition
  • Professional Sports Organizations
  • Media Strategies
  • Making Spectacle
  • A Case Study in Television Sports Production
  • Part 3 Media Sports Content
  • The Super Bowl Pre-Game Show
  • Cultural Fantasies and Political Subtext
  • Super Bowl Football versus World Cup Soccer
  • A Cultural-Structural Comparison
  • The Rhetoric of Winning and Losing
  • The American Dream and America's Team
  • Drugs and (Len) Bias on the Sports Page
  • Part 4 The Audience For Media Sports
  • The Audience Experience with Sports on Television
  • Viewers' Enjoyment of Televised Sports Violence
  • Sex Typing, Sports Interests, and Relational Harmony

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Written by scholars in the field of communications, this collection of 13 essays focuses on the development and response to a mediated sports culture. Sports programming is only beginning to receive considerable academic attention, and this is the first comprehensive foray into the field. The book begins with the editor's outline of the parameters of the communication of sport and a research agenda, followed by historical and theoretical overviews. The first substantive section examines the production of media sports (sports programming, the media strategies of sports organizations, and a case study of TV production), and the next two sections examine media sports content and the audiences of mediated sport. Essays in the latter two sections include such topics as an analysis of the Super Bowl pregame show, a comparison of the Super Bowl and the World Cup, press coverage of the drug issue, an evaluation of viewers' enjoyment of televised sport violence, and the role of gender. The historical overview is not very sophisticated, and the research questions and methodology of several essays are not at the cutting edge of sports studies. Including historians, sociologists, and social psychologists as contributors might have provided a broader view. Advanced undergraduate and above. S. A. Riess Northeastern Illinois University