New Books Network

Matthew Goodman, “The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team” (Ballantine Books, 2019)
The 1949-50 CCNY Beavers basketball team were one of the unlikeliest of champions in sports history. CCNY was a tuition-free in Harlem, New York, intended to give working class students the best education possible. The school was comprised of minorities, many of whom were the immigrants or children of immigrants.... Read More
Christopher J. Phillips, “Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know About Baseball” (Princeton UP, 2019)
The so-called Sabermetrics revolution in baseball that began in the 1970s, popularized by the book—and later Hollywood film—Moneyball, was supposed to represent a triumph of observation over intuition. Cash-strapped clubs need not compete for hyped-up prospects when undervalued players provide better price per run scored. Q.E.D., right? In Scouting and... Read More
Andrew R. M. Smith, “No Way But To Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing” (U Texas Press, 2020)
Today we are joined by Andrew R. M. Smith, author of No Way But To Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing (University of Texas Press, 2020). In our conversation, we discussed Foreman’s career, the role of race in American sports, and how boxing helped give rise to athletic... Read More
John N. Singer, “Race, Sports, and Education: Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Black Male College Athletes” (Harvard Ed Press, 2019)
College sport is a multi-billion dollar industry. The men and women who lead the teams in the most important conferences often make millions of dollars between their coaching salaries and endorsement deals. But what about the athletes themselves? Most get a “free ride” (tuition, food and board), but is that... Read More
Maria Veri and Rita Liberti, “Gridiron Gourmet: Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate” (U Arkansas Press, 2019)
Today we are joined by Maria Veri, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University, and Rita Liberti, Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, East Bay.  Together they are the authors of Gridiron Gourmet: Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate (University of Arkansas Press, 2019), one of... Read More
Seán Crosson, “Gaelic Games on Film” (Cork UP, 2019)
Today we are joined by Seán Crosson, leader of the Sport and Exercise Research Group at NUI Galway, co-director of the MA in Sports Journalism and Communication, and Professor at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media.  He is also the author of Gaelic Games on Film: From Silent... Read More
Evan Friss, “On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City” (Columbia UP, 2019)
Evan Friss, an associate professor of history at James Madison University, historicizes the bicycle’s place in New York City’s social, economic, infrastructural and cultural politics. On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City (Columbia University Press, 2019) curates a history of the key moments and individuals who... Read More