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2. Modern

2. Modern  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
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9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0003
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chapter
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9780199688340
2. Modern The development of modern sports, as we would recognize them now, was primarily a product of the second half of the 19th century. However, prior to the coalescence of various forces that would lead to the rise of sport in its modern, codified, and rational form, there were a series of key building blocks that would inform the Victorian development of sporting activity. The common practice of playing sport on feast days and Sundays had led to the popular spread of games such as folk football. The brief period of Puritan domination in 17th century Britain and colonial
5. Business

5. Business  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0006
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199688340
5. Business On 22 June 1938, at New York’s Yankee Stadium, 70,000 spectators gathered to watch Joe Louis fight Max Schmeling, for the World Heavyweight boxing title. The fight was read by the media of the time as symbolizing the battle between American liberal democracy and German Nazism. That Louis was an African-American with restricted civil liberties, and Schmeling an honest and well-respected boxer who was manipulated in the name of Nazi propaganda, mattered little. Given that both boxers were cast as representatives of their respective nations and their political systems, there was an enormous thirst for the fight. The
Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Sport: A Very Short Introduction  

Mike Cronin

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199688340
A Very Short Introduction
4. International

4. International  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0005
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199688340
4. International With the emergence of national federations and associations to govern sport in the second half of the 19th century, it was perhaps inevitable that these organizations would look to challenge each other. The first recorded international sporting fixture took place in New York in 1844 at the St George’s Cricket Club in Bloomingdale Park, and pitched a United States team against one from Canada. An estimated 10,000 spectators were in attendance, and some $120,000 of bets were placed. After three days of weather-interrupted play, Canada won. The match is important as it breaks the pattern, which was standard

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