New Books Network

Mitchell Nathanson, “Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original” (U Nebraska Press, 2020)
Today we are joined by Dr. Mitchell Nathanson, author of the book Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original (University of Nebraska Press, 2020). Nathanson, a professor of law at the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports at Villanova University, examines the life of Jim Bouton, a... Read More
Rebecca J. Kissane and Sarah Winslow, “Whose Game?: Gender and Power in Fantasy Sports” (Temple UP, 2020)
Fantasy sports have the opportunity to provide a sporting community in which gendered physical presence plays no role—a space where men and women can compete and interact on a level playing field. Whose Game?: Gender and Power in Fantasy Sports (Temple UP, 2020) shows, however, that while many turn to... Read More
David Block, “Pastime Lost: The Humble, Original and Now Completely Forgotten Game of English Baseball” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
Today we are joined by David Block, author of Pastime Lost: The Humble, Original and Now Completely Forgotten Game of English Baseball (University of Nebraska Press, 2019).  Block is a baseball historian whose research has focused on the origins of the game. Pastime Lost was a finalist for the 2020... Read More
Yaron Weitzman, “Tanking to the Top” (Grand Central, 2020)
When a group of private equity bigwigs purchased the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011, the team was both bad and boring. Attendance was down. So were ratings. The Sixers had an aging coach, an antiquated front office, and a group of players that could best be described as mediocre. Enter Sam... Read More
Tim Rooney, “John Beilein at Michigan: A Basketball Revival” (McFarland, 2020)
When John Beilein arrived at University of Michigan in 2007, the once-proud men’s basketball program was adrift after the fallout from a scandal and failing to reach the NCAA Tournament for nine straight seasons. Beilein slowly re-built the program on the foundation of a strong culture, which emphasized teamwork, integrity... Read More
Gerald R. Gems, “Sport and the Shaping of Civic Identity in Chicago” (Lexington Books, 2020)
The city of Chicago is one of the US’ most diverse cosmopolitan areas. Given the array of people who live in the city, it is reasonable to assume that the goals of the various communities differ in regard to sport and its social functions. Gerald R. Gems‘ new book, Sport... Read More
Travis Bell et al., “CTE, Media, and the NFL: Framing a Public Health Crisis as a Football Epidemic” (Lexington, 2019)
Today we are joined by Travis Bell, Janelle Applequist, and Christian Dotson-Pierson to discuss their new book CTE, Media, and the NFL: Framing a Public Health Crisis as a Football Epidemic (Lexington Books, 2019). In our conversation, we discussed public misconceptions about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the media’s problematic connection of... Read More
Mort Zachter, “Red Holzman: The Life and Legacy of a Hall of Fame Basketball Coach” (Sports Publishing, 2019)
Many books have been written about Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusscherre and the other great players on the New York Knicks championship teams of the 1970s, though much less attention has been focus on the orchestrator of those teams: Red Holzman. Holzman was a fantastic player and... Read More