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Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation

Sarah K. Fields

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040283
eISBN:
9780252098543
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040283.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

Sports figures cope with a level of celebrity once reserved for the stars of stage and screen. This book looks at the legal ramifications of the cases brought by six of them—golfer Tiger Woods, ... More


Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace

David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737516
eISBN:
9781604737523
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737516.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This book follows the paths of sports figures who were embraced by the general populace but who, through a variety of circumstances, real or imagined, found themselves falling out of favor. The ... More


Lies, Libel, and Football: Coaches as Public Figures: Butts v. Curtis Publishing (1967)

Sarah K. Fields

in Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040283
eISBN:
9780252098543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040283.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter explores the lawsuit that Wally Butts, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, filed against the publisher of the Saturday Evening Post in 1963. The lawsuit began when the former ... More


Constucting Banality: The Trivialization of the Jackie Robinson Legacy

Joel Nathan Rosen

in Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730913
eISBN:
9781617030444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores Jackie Robinson’s early twenty-first-century reputation. It argues that while Robinson is enjoying a remarkable as well as posthumous admiration, the cost is often obscured by ... More


The History of Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation and Speech

Sarah K. Fields

in Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040283
eISBN:
9780252098543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040283.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter introduces the concept of celebrity and the rise of the sporting celebrity. It explains the evolution of the laws of reputation, specifically defamation, the rights of privacy, and the ... More


Paul Robeson: Honor and the Politics of Dignity

Prosper Godonoo

in Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730913
eISBN:
9781617030444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the life and legacy of Paul Robeson. Robeson was one of the few African Americans who made a name for himself on the broader American sporting scene. While at Rutgers University ... More


Remaking an Overlooked Icon: The Reconstruction of Jim Thorpe

Robert W. Reising

in Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730913
eISBN:
9781617030444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the life and legacy of Jim Thorpe. As a Native American born in a nondescript cabin in Oklahoma Indian Territory in 1887, he was an unlikely candidate for international ... More


Jim Brown: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of a Cultural Icon

Roberta J. Newman

in Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737516
eISBN:
9781604737523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737516.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter presents the story of James Nathaniel “Jim” Brown, considered as one of the greatest fullbacks in the history of football. The decline of his public image can be traced back to his 1964 ... More


Afterword: Sports and the Iron Fist of Myth

Jack Lule

in Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737516
eISBN:
9781604737523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737516.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter discusses how the stories presented in this book invoke the iron fist of myth. These are not simple, tragic tales. They are myths of admonishment and disapprobation. They sanction and ... More


Super Bowl Icon or Marketing Tool?: Montana v. San Jose Mercury News (1995)

Sarah K. Fields

in Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040283
eISBN:
9780252098543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040283.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter explores Joe Montana's lawsuit against the San Jose Mercury News. Montana was one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League. In San Francisco, he led four ... More


Roberto Clemente: From Ignominy to Icon

David C. Ogden

in Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730913
eISBN:
9781617030444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines the evolution of Clemente’s reputation. It attempts to explain the speed with which Clemente’s reputation enjoyed a virtual overnight redemption as a result of his untimely ... More


Racing after Smith and Carlos: Revisiting Those Fists Some Forty Years Hence

Urla Hill

in Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730913
eISBN:
9781617030444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the reputations of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. It argues that the challenge of attempting to place Smith and Carlos in any sort of context is informed solely by the perception ... More


Curt Flood: “Death is a Slave’s Freedom”1: His Fight against Baseball, History, and White Supremacy

David J. Leonard

in Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730913
eISBN:
9781617030444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the life and legacy of Curt Flood. Flood had publicly challenged the hegemony of baseball by requesting freedom through the elimination of the reserve clause and a reversal of ... More


Bill Russell: From Revulsion to Resurrection

Murry Nelson

in Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730913
eISBN:
9781617030444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the life and legacy of Bill Russell. In the 1960s Russell was considered as the most dominant player in basketball. However, he was largely disliked by many fans and the media ... More


Stop the Press: A Baseball Legend and Biography: Spahn v. Julian Messner, Inc. (1967)

Sarah K. Fields

in Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040283
eISBN:
9780252098543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040283.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter explores Warren Spahn's lawsuit against a publishing house in Spahn v. Julian Messner, Inc. Spahn was remarkable baseball pitcher and a veteran of World War II. In 1964, Julian Messner ... More


What’s in a Name? Comic Books and Hockey: Doe v. Tci Cablevision (2003)

Sarah K. Fields

in Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040283
eISBN:
9780252098543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040283.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter explores the lawsuit filed by hockey player Tony Twist against Todd McFarlane. McFarlane was a hockey fan who created the comic book Spawn in 1992, a dark, surreal fantasy about a CIA ... More


The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 16: Sports and Recreation

Harvey H. Jackson III and Charles Reagan Wilson (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834411
eISBN:
9781469616773
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9781469616766_Jackson
Subject:
History, Cultural History

What southerners do, where they go, and what they expect to accomplish in their spare time, their “leisure,” reveals much about their cultural values, class and racial similarities and differences, ... More


Art versus Image: The First Amendment versus the Right of Publicity: Etw v. Jireh Publishing (2000)

Sarah K. Fields

in Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040283
eISBN:
9780252098543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040283.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter explores Tiger Woods' lawsuit against the artist Rick Rush. In 1997, Woods made history by winning the prestigious Masters tournament for the first time and doing so by a record twelve ... More


Owning a Face: Publicity and Advertising: Newcombe v. Coors Brewing (1998)

Sarah K. Fields

in Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040283
eISBN:
9780252098543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040283.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter explores the Don Newcombe's lawsuit against Coors Brewing Company Newcombe played in the Negro baseball leagues until 1949, when the Brooklyn Dodgers signed him after Jackie Robinson ... More


Conclusion

Sarah K. Fields

in Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040283
eISBN:
9780252098543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040283.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This concluding chapter considers the interconnectedness of the six lawsuits and how these paragons of sport attempted to protect their images and their identities. The legal cases presented in this ... More


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