Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan

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University of Texas Press
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5.93 X 8.74 X 0.98 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Luther is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Texas Monthly, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Vice Sports, among others. She is the author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape and has written extensively on the intersection of sports and violence off the field.

Kavitha A. Davidson is a sportswriter and host of The Lead, an in-depth daily sports news podcast produced by The Athletic. She is on the board of directors at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. She was a writer with ESPNW and ESPN The Magazine and a sports columnist at Bloomberg covering the intersections of sports and society, culture, politics, race, gender, and business. Her work has also appeared in NBC THINK, the Guardian, and Rolling Stone.

An incisive, damning indictment of the world's most popular pastimes.-- "Kirkus, Starred Review" (5/29/2020 12:00:00 AM)
A wide-ranging look at the moral quandaries inherent in fandom.-- "Publishers Weekly" (3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM)
A well-researched, engaging collection of essays on all the messiness that surrounds the world of sports.-- "Alma" (8/26/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Never pejorative or self-righteous, the authors have thoroughly researched each topic and acknowledge the complexity of the subject matter.-- "Austin Monthly" (8/27/2020 12:00:00 AM)
A fascinating take on the myriad ethical issues facing sports fans today...Meticulously researched, this is enlightening reading for the 21st-century sports fan.-- "Publishers Weekly" (9/26/2020 12:00:00 AM)
This is the book that sports fans didn't know they needed. Highly recommended for any reader who has felt conflicted about being a sports fan.-- "Library Journal" (10/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)
With cleverly titled chapters, Luther and Davidson immediately draw readers into thoughtful confrontations of many of the hypocrisies of sports fanhood...Luther and Davidson keenly raise issues that many fans may not have considered while cheering for their favorite teams.-- "New York Times" (11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM)
A very timely read right now.-- "Yahoo Sports Canada" (12/9/2020 12:00:00 AM)
This book is just so good. It stands on its own two feet as something that I think is really going to mark this time in which we live...people are going to say '2020 sports' and they're going to look at this book.--Dave Zirin "Edge of Sports" (9/7/2020 12:00:00 AM)
This book [is] a powerhouse for any number of us that have addressed a lot of these topics in our work, or have come across them as a fan...it's so great.--Sarah Spain "That's What She Said" (8/25/2020 12:00:00 AM)
If you love sports, but are finding it harder and harder to cheer for your favorite teams because you hate rooting for the owners and organizations that run them, this is your book...This book feels particularly relevant as we watch sports in 2021 through the lens of leagues and teams putting profit over players (and fans) in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.-- "Business Insider" (1/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)
Though [Luther and Davidson] offer a persuasive case that sports, despite all their problems, are worth fighting for, they also hold out the option of fans giving them up and moving on to other things in life. An incisive and engaging read.-- "Public Books" (2/26/2021 12:00:00 AM)
A terrific distillation of the unease that many sports fans, if they're being honest, feel flickering around the fringes of their consciousness.-- "Irish Examiner" (9/27/2021 12:00:00 AM)
[Luther and Davidson] take on all sorts of topics that can make being a sports fan frustrating -- not because you're in love with a losing team, but more ethical, existential concerns.-- "The Undefeated, "25 Can't-Miss Books of 2020"" (12/8/2020 12:00:00 AM)
[Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back] aided my understanding of what's been exploding around me...In a year where athletes challenged the injustice that exists in the real world, Luther and Davidson remind us that sports can be not just a reflection of our society but a force that can help make our world a better place.-- "The Progressive, "Favorite Books of 2020"" (11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back is a wide-ranging analysis and discussion of many of the key issues facing sports fans from two leading sports writers. [Luther and Davidson's] work will be of general interest to sports fans, but particularly useful for people teaching about sports history, sociology or politics.-- "New Books in Sports" (10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM)