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N. Jeremi Duru

2009

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This Field Is Our Field: Foreign Players, Domestic Leagues, And The Unlawful Racial Manipulation Of American Sport, N. Jeremi Duru Feb 2009

This Field Is Our Field: Foreign Players, Domestic Leagues, And The Unlawful Racial Manipulation Of American Sport, N. Jeremi Duru

N. Jeremi Duru

Sport is a potent unifying force and a potentially powerful tool in bridging societal divides. As such, the increasing frequency of professional athletes leaving their home nations and continents to access employment opportunities abroad portends positively for greater cultural understanding in our global community. This paper argues, however, that in America’s professional sporting context, internationalization of sport plays an additional, unsavory, role – it serves as a means of manipulating leagues’ racial compositions.

Studies conducted during the past twenty years reveal that spectators at professional American sporting contests – a substantial majority of whom are Caucasian – exhibit preferences for …