To help teachers make use of Engaging Sports in the classroom, we have created the following “syllabus” of articles organized under some of the major topics covered in sociology of sport (updated January 2019).

Gender & sexuality

The following articles may help students to consider the ways in which sports reproduce (and at times challenge) dominant ideologies related to gender and sexuality.

Engendering Fandom: Audience Building in Women’s Professional Soccer

Marchand’s “Kissing” and the NHL’s Hypocrisy

Aly Raisman and Rhetorical Activism: Complicating the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Conundrum”

“Hey, Pretty Girl”: Sexual Harassment in Sports Media

A Riveting Deal with the Devil(s): Advancing Women’s Professional Hockey

Quidditch: ‘Spelling’ Out Gender in Sport

From Sierens to Mowins, Challenges and Advances for Female Sportscasters

Golfing with the “Ladies”

Accepting or Subverting Norms of Femininity? The Case of Female Bodybuilders

Promoting Diversity through Solidarity: The Sports Women of Tampa (SWOT) and the Pursuit of Gender Equality

Building Inclusive Sporting Communities: The Relationship Between Academia and the You Can Play Project

Success at Last? The National Women’s Soccer League Kicks Off Fifth Season

“One Shining Moment” – NCAA March Madness and Male Emotional Expression

Better Locker Rooms: It’s Not Just a Transgender Thing

Why Minnesota’s Near Boycott Matters to Fans and Critics of College Football

Podium Girls: Time to End the “Tradition”

Sexism and the Super Bowl: What Can We Learn from Female Sports Fans?

Gender Equality Achieved? A Look at Women’s Tennis and Corporate Social Responsibility

Race, ethnicity, & nationality

The following articles may help students to consider the ways in which sports reproduce (and at times challenge) dominant ideologies related to race, ethnicity, and nationality.

The Enduring Legacy of the “Black Power” Salute

Soccer, Race and Empire: Locating the Past in the Present

What Counts as National Tragedy? The Cruel Pessimism of Humboldt

Challenging the Narrative of #HumboldtStrong: Power, Politics, and Sporting Nationalism

Who Represents South Korea? Selective Nationalism in Korean Ice Hockey

Media Coverage of the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team will be…Complicated

Assessing the Patterns: Race, Class, and Opportunities in American Football

The “Savage” of Savage Race

#PlayingWhileWhite: The Colin Kaepernick Saga and the (A)political White Athlete

Maccabiah 2017: The 20th Jewish Olympics

From Reviled to Respected: The Half-Century Evolution from Muhammad Ali’s “Draft Dodging”

Globalizing March Madness

#SheBelieves, But Who is She? Race, Ethnicity, and the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Boundaries Are a Reality For Sporting Migrants

Tennis on Colonized Land: A trip to Indian Wells, California

Race and Recruiting on College Football Message Boards

Sir Andy Murray “Down Under”

#LOL at Multiculturalism: Reactions to Hockey Night Punjabi

Social class & society

The following articles may encourage students to think critically about issues of social class and the relationship between sports and society.

What Counts as National Tragedy? The Cruel Pessimism of Humboldt

Challenging the Narrative of #HumboldtStrong: Power, Politics, and Sporting Nationalism

Bicycles as a Tool for Development?

Assessing the Patterns: Race, Class, and Opportunities in American Football

Complicating “True Fandom”: Reflections on the Cleveland Browns “Perfect Season” Parade

Unity for What? The Togetherness Created by Sports

Media

The following articles may help raise critical questions about the relationship between sports and the media.

For NFL Players, Social Media is Key to Winning PR Battle Over Anthem Protests

#Muslim #Sportswoman: Dismantling Dominant Narratives through Digital Media

Media Coverage of the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team will be…Complicated

“Hey, Pretty Girl”: Sexual Harassment in Sports Media

From Sierens to Mowins, Challenges and Advances for Female Sportscasters

Are esports the Next Major League Sport?

“Stick to Sports:” Politics and the Sports Media in the Digital Age

Corporate social responsibility

The following articles may be helpful in encouraging students to consider critical questions about issues of corporate social responsibility in sport.

#Commongoal: Athletic Philanthropy and the Limits of Charity

To See the World through a Mountain: Mount Gariwang and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games

And the Circus Leaves Town…! Rio 2016’s Emerging Legacy

Sporting mega-events

The following articles may help students consider critical questions about the impacts and issues associated with sporting mega-events, such as the Olympic Games.

The Enduring Legacy of the “Black Power” Salute

Who Represents South Korea? Selective Nationalism in Korean Ice Hockey

Watching the World Cup Through Sociological Lenses

Winter Olympics, the Games of the Few

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures for the IOC

To See the World through a Mountain: Mount Gariwang and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games

Maccabiah 2017: The 20th Jewish Olympics

The IOC and the United Nations: Strategic and Strange Bedfellows?

And the Circus Leaves Town…! Rio 2016’s Emerging Legacy

Fitness

The following articles may help students consider critical questions related to fitness practices and cultures.

CrossFit: Reimagining the Body in a Bodiless World

The “Savage” of Savage Race

Health & injury

The following aricles may help students consider critical issues regarding the relationship between sports, injuries, and people’s health.

The Process of Becoming a Doper

Can Technology Alone Solve the “Concussion Crisis”?

Criminology

The following articles may help students consider critical questions regarding the relationship between sports and criminology.

Criminal Behavior and College Football

Sport Behind Bars: Social Control, Resistance, and the Physical Culture of Prisons

Religion

The following articles may help students consider critical questions regarding the relationship between sports and religion.

#Muslim #Sportswoman: Dismantling Dominant Narratives through Digital Media

From Reviled to Respected: The Half-Century Evolution from Muhammad Ali’s “Draft Dodging”

Tim Tebow’s Baseball Rebirth in Trump’s America

Environment & sustainability

The following articles may help students consider critical issues regarding the relationship between sports, sustainability, and the environment.

A Wake-Up Call? Donald Trump, Sport, and Sustainable Development

To See the World through a Mountain: Mount Gariwang and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games

U.S. college sport

The following articles may help students consider critical issues in U.S. college sport.

In Scandal After Scandal, NCAA Takes Fall for Complicit Colleges

Are Universities Helping Athletes “Go Pro in Something Other Than Sports?”

Criminal Behavior and College Football

Jubilant Times Can Spotlight the Shadows

Globalizing March Madness

Why Minnesota’s Near Boycott Matters to Fans and Critics of College Football

Race and Recruiting on College Football Message Boards

By Sport

Below, you will find a listing of Engaging Sports articles organized according to the sport on which the article focuses.

Baseball

Tim Tebow’s Baseball Rebirth in Trump’s America

Soccer, Race and Empire: Locating the Past in the Present

Basketball

Professional Sports Fans Will Always Be Disappointed

Jubilant Times Can Spotlight the Shadows

“One Shining Moment” – NCAA March Madness and Male Emotional Expression

Globalizing March Madness

Boundaries Are a Reality For Sporting Migrants

Boxing

From Reviled to Respected: The Half-Century Evolution from Muhammad Ali’s “Draft Dodging”

Cycling

Bicycles as a Tool for Development?

Podium Girls: Time to End the “Tradition”

Football (American)

Complicating “True Fandom”: Reflections on the Cleveland Browns “Perfect Season” Parade

Assessing the Patterns: Race, Class, and Opportunities in American Football

Criminal Behavior and College Football

#PlayingWhileWhite: The Colin Kaepernick Saga and the (A)political White Athlete

Why Minnesota’s Near Boycott Matters to Fans and Critics of College Football

Sexism and the Super Bowl: What Can We Learn from Female Sports Fans?

Race and Recruiting on College Football Message Boards

Football (soccer)

Soccer, Race and Empire: Locating the Past in the Present

Engendering Fandom: Audience Building in Women’s Professional Soccer

Until Youth Soccer is Fixed, US Men’s National Team is Destined to Fail

#Commongoal: Athletic Philanthropy and the Limits of Charity

Success at Last? The National Women’s Soccer League Kicks Off Fifth Season

#SheBelieves, But Who is She? Race, Ethnicity, and the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Golf

Golfing with the “Ladies”

Ice hockey

What Counts as National Tragedy? The Cruel Pessimism of Humboldt

Challenging the Narrative of #HumboldtStrong: Power, Politics, and Sporting Nationalism

Marchand’s “Kissing” and the NHL’s Hypocrisy

A Riveting Deal with the Devil(s): Advancing Women’s Professional Hockey

Building Inclusive Sporting Communities: The Relationship Between Academia and the You Can Play Project

Can Technology Alone Solve the “Concussion Crisis”?

#LOL at Multiculturalism: Reactions to Hockey Night Punjabi

Tennis

Opening up the Game: Remembering Wimbledon’s Role in the Movement for “Open Tennis”

Tennis on Colonized Land: A trip to Indian Wells, California

Gender Equality Achieved? A Look at Women’s Tennis and Corporate Social Responsibility

Sir Andy Murray “Down Under”