Before March Madness
, by Gary North, 6 Apr 2004
"Today, sports are big business. Sociologists offer lots of explanations, but the obvious one is probably the central factor: people want to belong to something that is larger than their own circle of friends. ... Professional football has competed with church on Sunday. ... The same is true of golf, another Sunday sport."
Leaving It All on the Field (Not in the Halls of Congress)
, by Adam B. Summers, 4 Jan 2006
"... the BCS hearing is not an isolated case of political thumb-twiddling or interference in athletics. ... it is merely the latest in a string of congressional forays into the sporting world. Earlier this year, Congress held hearings to scold Major League Baseball and other professional sports leagues for not having more stringent steroid policies."
Locker-Room Liberty: Athletes who helped shape our times and the economic freedom that enabled them
, by Matt Welch, Reason
, May 2005
"Operating in a subculture far more socially conservative than those surrounding the professional arts, athletes of the mid-to-late '60s and '70s forced their reluctant and occasionally hostile audiences to confront issues of race, war, and free expression, and we are all better for their efforts."