Volume 47, Issue 4: July/August 2013
The views from left field are of course critical of the way sports culture has been corrupted by commercialization and pressure to win at any price, to say nothing of the way professional sports is used to support war and empire.
In these respects as well as in their gross manifestations of sexism and racism, sports, and particularly professional/spectator sports, reflects nothing more than the capitalist society of which they are part. But sports has also been a site of resistance against multiple forms of oppression. And commercial excesses cannot erase the sheer beauty and magnificent athleticism that sports offers, as well as the fun and the sense of individual and team accomplishment it provides to countless millions of participants.