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Humour

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
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315616704-15

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Abstract

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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