Sports Fans in History

Sports Fans in History

Allen Guttman, in Jour-rial of Sport History (Summer 19811, North American Society for Sport His- tory, 101 White Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. 16802.
Mindlessly partisan, doltishly passive, prone to abusiveness, drink, and riot-such has been the image of the sports fan for hundreds of years. Tertullian, the second-century Church Father, railed against the ex- cesses of the Circus-goer. More recently, neo-Marxists have condemned Western spectator sports as a dehumanizing...

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