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Pay Up and Play the Game By Wray Vamplew (Flinders University of South Australia)

Pay Up and Play the Game by Wray Vamplew (Flinders University of South Australia)

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Based on a vast range of club and association records, Pay Up and Play the Game, first published in 1988, presents a systematic economic analysis of the emergence of mass spectator sport during the years prior to World War I.

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Pay Up and Play the Game: Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914 by Wray Vamplew (Flinders University of South Australia)

Based on a vast range of club and association records, Pay Up and Play the Game, first published in 1988, presents a systematic economic analysis of the emergence of mass spectator sport during the years prior to World War I. It explores the tensions behind an increasingly commercialised activity that was nonetheless suffused with 'gentlemanly' values at many levels, and highlights the retreat of the latter as working-class consumption and participation became predominant, symbolised most dramatically by the celebrated victory of proletarian Blackburn Olympic over the Old Etonians in the FA Cup final of 1883. Wray Vamplew examines the linkages between sport, gambling, crime and spectator violence, and concludes that many supposedly 'recent' developments (notably football hooliganism) in fact have their origins in this, the 'Golden Age' of sport in Britain.

Table of Contents

Part I. An Overview: 1. Is money the root of all evil? A historical appreciation of commercialisation in sports; 2. Comments on the state of play: economic historians and sports history; Part II. The Development of Professional Gate-Money Sport: 3. Popular recreation before the industrial revolution; 4. Sporting activities and economic change, 1750-1830; 5. The precursors of commercialised sport, 1830-75; 6. The rise of professional gate-money sport, 1875-1914; 7. From sports spectator to sports consumer; Part III. Sport in the Market Place: The Economics of Professional Sport: 8. Profits or premierships?; 9. All for one and one for all; 10. Paying the piper: shareholders and directors; 11. Winning at any cost?; Part IV. Playing for Pay: Professional Sport as an Occupation: 12. The struggle for recognition; 13. Earnings and opportunities; 14. Close of play; 15. Not playing the game: unionism and strikes; 16. Labour aristocrats or wage slaves?; Part V. Unsporting Behaviour: 17. Ungentlemany conduct; 18. The madding crowd; Part VI. A Second Overview: 19. An industrial revolution in sport; Appendices: 1. Shareholders and shareholdings in Scottish and English sport; 2. Regulations defining amateurism and professionalism in British sports.

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NLS9780521892308
9780521892308
0521892309
Pay Up and Play the Game: Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914 by Wray Vamplew (Flinders University of South Australia)
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Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2004-01-29
416
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