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Authored by: Rob Steen

Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138671874
eBook ISBN: 9781315616704
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If this chapter suffers from nostalgia, please forgive it. While it would be imprudent to propose that the golden age of sporting wit has passed (has there ever been such a glorious era, and if so, how can we measure it?), the transition from pastime to global profit machine-cum-social barometer has bred a more scathing press and a graver, shriller tone, a necessary if not necessarily conscious counterpoint to the incessant cheerleading of the broadcasters, clubs and PR teams. This chapter urges a rethink and celebrates those who realised that their points could be more impact if spiced with laughter.

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