This volume traces the rise and transformation of organized sport and its impact on social patterns and gender roles. Stressing the essential continuity of the sporting experience, the author shows the changing tempo of sport through the ages and explores the broader effects of the time element on the nature and style of sporting activities. The book covers current issues such as soccer hooliganism , government intervention in sport, and the influence of television on sport.

chapter 1|15 pages

Echoes from a lost world

chapter 2|14 pages

Making much of time

chapter 3|16 pages

The governing of play

chapter 4|20 pages

Money matters

chapter 5|20 pages

Sports out of time

chapter 6|18 pages

The pace of play

chapter 7|19 pages

The sporting weekend

chapter 8|21 pages

The coming of the leisure age

chapter 9|18 pages

Instant sport and open season