Sports are inspiring and uplifting. They can also bring out some of the worst characteristics in human nature: narcissism, prejudice, greed. This book looks at the major sports scandals in modern American history, from the Black Sox fix of 1919 to the current concussion crisis in the NFL.
• Presents detailed, definitive descriptions of famous sports crises, allowing readers to recognize the inaccuracies in the rumors surrounding these events in order to fully understand what happened
• Covers scandals and controversial situations that arose in professional and collegiate athletics
• Highlights how some of the smartest administrators in the public sphere have responded to an unexpected crisis
• Presents information of interest not only to sports fans and sports administrators but also to organizational communications professionals, crisis management professionals, public relations specialists, and general communication studies students
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About the Author
Edward J. Lordan, PhD, is professor of communication studies at West Chester University, PA.
Table of Contents
1 Anatomy of a Scandal 1
2 The Black Sox Scandal (1919) 15
3 Baseball's Reaction to Jackie Robinson (1947-1956) 39
4 Point-Shaving in College Basketball (1947-1951) 57
5 Race and Drug Issues in the National Basketball Association (1970s and 1980s) 75
6 Amphetamines and Steroids in Major League Baseball (1940s-Current) 91
7 Concussions and the National Football League (1900-Current) 115
8 The Penn State University Football Child Molestation Scandal (2009-2013) 137
9 Individual Gambling Scandals 159
10 The Social Contract: Scandals That Transcend Sports 193
11 Ethics, Effectiveness, and a Changing Environment 217
What People are Saying About This
"A thorough, provocative exploration of scandal in the world of sports and how the individuals involved and their organizations have sought to manage the crises and prevent future ones. Lordan also tackles the toughest question of all: In today's world, what still qualifies as a scandal? A delightful read, with meaningful historical context."