Today’s needull is an interview of Jay Coakley, a sports sociologist. He looks at something which very few people find worth questioning – Is sports always a force of good?
Because sport is a source of excitement, pleasure, and joy, we are less likely to critique it. Sport has also served the interests of powerful people within our culture. It reifies competition and the whole notion of meritocracy, of distributing rewards to the winners, and that people who are successful deserve success. It becomes tied to all sorts of important factors within our culture.