World Sports
A Reference Handbook
by Maylon Hanold
July 2012, 304pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-778-9
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Sports fans around the world thrill to the intense competition of their favorite athletes—driven individuals pushing themselves to the absolute limit. As such, sports represent a universally appealing celebration of the human spirit. However, the exciting spectacle of professional sports often overshadows the fact that “a fair competition environment” is typically an ideal rather than a reality.

This book covers a wide range of issues and controversies within the world of sports—including drug use, economics, ethics, ethnicity, gender, globalization, politics, race, sexuality, and technology—from both a U.S. and global perspective.

World Sports: A Reference Handbook covers a wide variety of sports-related controversies, including ethical, political, technological, business, and social issues related to the phenomenon of sports. Many of the larger topics are covered from multiple angles, often providing both a global and American perspective. The work provides unique insights into the commonly addressed subject of sports, supplying information that most readers will find unfamiliar and thought-provoking.

Addressing forms of sports as diverse as American football, skateboarding, NASCAR auto racing, ultrarunning, and the disciplines of the Olympic Games, the title’s topics are discussed in depth to illuminate the sport’s specific issues and are backed with information from relevant sports organizations, biographies of important people, chronologies, and charts and graphs. The information within this handbook is based upon the latest academic research but presented in very accessible language, making it appropriate for high school and undergraduate students as well as general readers.


  • A chronology of important events or innovations in sports
  • A list of important sports organizations with descriptions of each
  • A glossary of relevant terms such as "blood doping"
Maylon Hanold, EdD, is instructor/lecturer in sport administration and leadership at Seattle University, WA. Her published works include the articles, "Beyond the Marathon: (De)constructing Female Ultrarunning Bodies" in Sociology of Sport Journal and "Leadership, Women in Sport, and Embracing Empathy" in Advancing Women in Leadership Online Journal. Hanold holds a doctorate in leadership and sport from Seattle University.


"A succinct overview of global sports, Hanold’s handbook covers current themes and issues affecting competitors and fans. In a well-organized survey format, the text introduces significant topics, from business and politics to ethnicity, class, and gender."—Booklist, November 1, 2012

"A solid access point for researchers high school age and older, this book is worth its shelf space for the thorough directory and resource chapters alone. Another winner from the Contemporary World Issues series."—Library Journal, November 1, 2012

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Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that support statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
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