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From American football to Sumo wrestling, Alan Tomlinson paints sports’ big picture—the commercial sponsorship that underpins it, the million dollar gains to be made from it, and the successes and failures of its celebrity superstars. He maps international sporting events and issues, and charts the economic structures within which sports operate.

Topics include:

  • Olympics
  • Paralympics
  • Gay Games
  • Drug Abuse
  • Sports for Development
  • Media Coverage
  • Sponsorship
  • Merchandising
  • Spectators
  • Gambling
  • Tourism
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The atlas profiles well-known sports with a global reach, such as Boxing, Golf, and Soccer, and as well as those with a strong cultural base, such as Handball, Hockey, and Ice Skating. It traces each sport’s development, analyses its commercial momentum, and identifies its most successful exponents.

Essential reading not only for students and teachers of sports science, leisure and recreation, and physical education, this unique atlas will also appeal to anyone with an interest in the multi-faceted and all-embracing world of sport.

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Co-published with Myriad.

About the Author: Alan Tomlinson is Professor of Leisure Studies and Director of Research in the Research & Graduate College of Sport, Chelsea School, University of Brighton, UK. He is the author of numerous books on sport, leisure and consumption, including Sport and Leisure Cultures and A Dictionary of Sport Studies, and has written on sport cultures and politics for the Financial Times, New Statesman, When Saturday Comes, and Der Taggesspiegel.

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Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 189 mm x 245 mm
Page extent: 144
Publication date: 26 May 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0-9565599-2-0

Date added: January 17, 2011

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  1. #1 Jane 08 Jun 11

    Having read the article about this book in NI I was dubious about its credibility. Alan Tomlinson writes 'All agree that sports activity or sports spectating can enrich everyday living' I wonder where he got that 'All' from. Has he interviewed every person in the world to be able to write that? If he has he missed out on myself. I dislike sports whether active or even worse the boring passiveness of spectating. I enjoy exercise for its own sake. That is not sport. I hate competitiveness which is a part of sport. When at school, long time ago, I was quite good at cross country running for the pleasure of doing it. The games teacher could not comprehend that I was anti-any sort of competition including myself against myself to improve times, which would have then completely spoilt the pleasure of it. She took me to meets and found it incredible that I had no interest in watching others. I personally do NOT find sports activity or spectating enriches my everyday living, more the opposite. Hence for Alan Tomlinson to write 'All' is incorrect.

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