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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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