Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back: Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson in conversation VIRTUAL EVENT with Juliet Macur

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Triumphant wins, gut-wrenching losses, last-second shots, underdogs, competition, and loyalty--it's fun to be a fan. But when a football player takes a hit to the head after yet another study has warned of the dangers of CTE, or when a team whose mascot was born in an era of racism and bigotry takes the field, or when a relief pitcher accused of domestic violence saves the game, how is one to cheer? Welcome to the club for sports fans who care too much.

In Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back, acclaimed sports writers Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson tackle the most pressing issues in sports, why they matter, and how we can do better. For the authors, "sticking to sports" is not an option--not when our taxes are paying for the stadiums, and college athletes aren't getting paid at all. But simply quitting a favorite team won't change corrupt and deplorable practices, and the root causes of many of these problems are endemic in our wider society. An essential read for modern fans, Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back challenges the status quo and explores how we might begin to reconcile our conscience with our fandom.

Jessica Luther is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Sports IllustratedESPN The Magazine, the New York Times MagazineTexas Monthly, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Vice Sports, among others. She is the author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape and has written extensively on the intersection of sports and violence off the field.

Kavitha A. Davidson is a sportswriter and host of The Lead, an in-depth daily sports news podcast produced by The Athletic. She is on the board of directors at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. She was a writer with ESPNW and ESPN The Magazine and a sports columnist at Bloomberg covering the intersections of sports and society, culture, politics, race, gender, and business. Her work has also appeared in NBC THINK, the Guardian, and Rolling Stone.

Juliet Macur has been an award-winning reporter and columnist for The New York Times for nearly two decades. She has covered ten Olympics and writes about wide-ranging issues in sports, including brain injuries, sexual abuse and harassment, and doping. Her notable projects include “Countdown to Beijing,” an investigative series about China’s sports machine, and “In Two Arenas,” which examined the Iraq war’s effect on athletes. Ms. Macur’s work has twice been anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing series and her 2014 book, "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong," was a bestseller. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, daughter and Labrador retriever.

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Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan By Jessica Luther, Kavitha Davidson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477313138
Availability: Not On Our Shelves - Available to Order
Published: University of Texas Press - September 1st, 2020