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On Sport and Society

2010

Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Economics, Super Bowl, NFL, Football, Thorstein Veblen, Excess, Waste, Money, Prostitution, Corporations, Parties, Masculinity

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Excesses Of The Super Bowl, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2010

Excesses Of The Super Bowl, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

From its modest beginnings in 1966 at the AFL-NFL Championship Game in Los Angeles down to Super Bowl XLIV, it has become increasingly apparent that Super Sunday has grown exponentially and in the process has become a bloated monster. Over the past quarter century or more Super Sunday has illustrated the ability of a sporting event to offer a distorted and exaggerated version of social reality and social values in America and the Super Bowl has done this on a grand, glorious, and obscene scale.