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There is a story told in professional football circles about the rookie interior lineman who was encountering some difficulty in filling out his team’s questionnaire. He successfully hurdled the “name” and “address” obstacles, but the “length of residence” blank gave him pause. After some arduous calculations, he entered “44 feet.”

Privacy Journal, Aug. 1975

I really like Commissioner Goodell. He’s a very humble, fair, firm, and stern man who cares about you. He wants to see the right things for the integrity of the NFL and the integrity of the football family. If you cross the guidelines of the conduct policy, he wants to know what the absolute truth is.

Michael Vick, Finally Free: An Autobiography, 2012

Prior to buying the Cowboys, Murchison had considered buying the San Francisco 49ers and, when that failed, made George Marshall a bid for the Redskins. Marshall opposed Murchison’s attempt to purchase any NFL team . But he relented after Murchison bought the rights to the Redskins’ fight song, which had been obtained by Marshall’s ex-wife as part of their divorce settlement. Consequently, Murchison refused to give Marshall the right to use the song. Soon after, Murchison bought the Cowboys with no opposition— and Marshall got his fight song back.

Moldea, Dan E. (2014-06-10). Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football (Forbidden Bookshelf) (Kindle Locations 1635-1638). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition. 

Under the circumstances, it could just well be that the greater public exposure granted the ideas of today’s athletic dissenters are indicative of major societal changes already underway. Therefore, the more significant question is perhaps not, “Will sports survive the present crisis despite the notoriety and publicity granted the ideas of athletic dissenters and the overall impact of mass communication?” but, “Has sport managed to survive earlier crises in large part because of a lack of massive publicity regarding dissenting views on sport?” My contention is that the answer to the latter question must be largely affirmative.

Dr. Harry Edwards, Sociology of Sport, 1973

Of the players of the Snorkey Club of Philadelphia (named for the one-armed hero of the drama Under the Gaslight), one had an arm off at the shoulder, another had a paralyzed arm, the rest were minus a hand; their opponents in a game of May 23, 1883, were the Hoppers, who were all one-legged or on crutches. In a reminder to modern readers of the brutality of the industrial age in America, both sides were said to consist wholly of former employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

John Thorn, Baseball in the Garden of Eden

Some points in this essay require modification in view of later work. These are indicated in footnotes. Its tone is partly explained by the fact that the editor begged me to make the article “as romantic as possible.”

Russell, Bertrand (2011-03-24). Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (Kindle Locations 48-50). Kindle Edition.

If the reader has concluded that there is something “wrong” in sport, one further conclusion is inescapable: from its racial problems to drug abuse, from its economic crisis to female segregation, what is “wrong” with sport in America reflects America itself—particularly the relationships between contemporary social, political, and economic realities and this nation’s value priorities, its attitudes and its perspectives.

Harry Edwards, Sociology of Sport, p. 361.

We have endeavored successfully to define distinctions regarding the use of drugs when horses compete against one another. I optimistically believe horse racing policies protect both the nature of competition and the health of the horse. I feel it is incumbent upon us, at this hearing today, to attempt to do no less for human competitors.
We’ve a better world with a bit of the proper kind of Fear in advertising — fear in women of being frumps, fear in men of being duds.

Mark O’Dea, A Preface To Advertising, pp. 92-93, a 1937 book on marketing practices of the day

In striving for victory and new records, it should never be forgotten that it was a national programme of this kind for all countries that was the main objective of the Baron de Coubertin when he initiated the campaign to revive the Olympic Games. The Games were not to be an end in themselves — they were to be the means of stimulating a broad programme of physical training and competitive sport for all youth. The aim was participation by the masses and not merely the creation of a few champions. With the expansion of industry in every country, the increased use of machinery, and the removal of workers from the fields to the factories, the need for such a programme was obvious. The more playing fields, the fewer jails, asylums and hospitals, the more self reliance, and the less necessity of public expense for social security.
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