The English Premier League: A Socio-Cultural Analysis

The English Premier League (EPL) is one of the world’s most valuable and high-profile sports leagues, with millions of fans around the globe. The 2016/17 season marked the 25th anniversary of the EPL, providing a unique opportunity to reflect on how it has contributed, both positively and negatively, to key developments in football – and in sport and culture more broadly – at local, national and global levels. Drawing on central them...

The World Cup: The Complete History

This book is keeps it simple, it gives a brief decription of the forming of the World Cup. Then goes on and tells you all the results from qualifing rounds to the final. It also gives a description on the the host country(s) and each round in the finals. If you want a written history of the world cup then you probably can get better, but if you want one with every score of every game then this is perfect. In my humble opion a must ha...

National Pastime: U.S. History Through Baseball

Historians Babicz and Zeiler (both, Univ. of Colorado) set out to connect baseball to US history by developing a chronological framework that allows them to intertwine the game of baseball with the larger currents of US history. Beginning in the 19th century, the game and institution of baseball developed right along with the larger cultural themes of the country. As industrialization became dominant in the US, it affected the game o...

The Global Football Industry : Marketing Perspectives

"This book equips communication professionals with a valuable yet cost-efficient resource that blends theoretical and pragmatic principles....communication professionals should consider sport marketing an important segment of their reading repertoire. This fifth edition of Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective is an excellent starting point." - Mark Moore (2015) International Journal of Sports Communication, 8, 389-392.

Sport and English National Identity in a ‘Disunited Kingdom’

Given sport’s centrality in English society, what role does it play in symbolising contemporary English national identity? This comprehensive study explores the complex set of relationships between sport and what it means to be English in the twenty-first century. The bond between sport and nationalism has long been recognised, but with increasingly vociferous separatist nationalisms threatening the dismantling of the United Kingdom,...

An Introduction to Drugs in Sport: Addicted to Winning?

Why do many athletes risk their careers by taking performance-enhancing drugs? Do the highly competitive pressures of elite sports teach athletes to win at any cost? An Introduction to Drugs in Sport provides a detailed and systematic examination of drug use in sport and attempts to explain why athletes have, over the last four decades, increasingly used performance-enhancing drugs. It offers a critical overview of the major theories...

Own the Zone: Executing and Attacking Zone Defenses

It will be years before I fully understand all the information in this book. It will be months before I will be choosing and coaching my eighth-grade team, but I am already drawing up practice plans with Own the Zone concepts in mind. I just watched Russia hold the USA to 17 points in the second quarter of their exhibition game in China, and they were using the exact zone strategies outlined in this book. The history lesson at the be...

Halcyon in the Hebrides

To celebrate 60 years of sailing Scottish waters, the author single-handedly sailed Halcyon, a 32ft wooden yawl, from Fairlie on the Clyde, round the Mull of Kintyre by way of numerous inner islands to Barra in the Outer Hebrides and to the Atlantic side of the islands, not often visited by cruising yachts. Bad weather forced a diversion to explore the sea lochs of the west coast of Harris and Lewis, the islands of Taransay (of the B...

Moving Bodies in Interaction - Interacting Bodies in Motion :(Advances in Interaction Studies)

This volume presents a new perspective on socially coordinated embodied activity. It brings together scholars from linguistics, interactional sociology, neuropsychology and brain research. It assembles empirical studies of the interaction in sports that draw on recent developments in ethnomethodological conversation analysis, the sociology of practice, interactional linguistics, and cognitive studies. Thinking beyond the individual b...

Introduction to Exercise Science, 5th Edition

The fifth edition of Introduction to Exercise Science introduces students to every core area of study in the discipline. It comprises concise chapters which introduce the history, key lines of inquiry relating to both health and performance, technology, certifications, professional associations, and career opportunities associated with each area. No other book offers such a wide-ranging, evidence-based introduction to exercise scienc...