Table of contents for Offside : soccer and American exceptionalism / Andrei S. Markovits and Steven L. Hellerman.


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Counter Preface vii
Introduction 3
One The Argument: Sports As Culture in In ustrial Societies--American Conformities and Exceptions 7
Two The Formation of the American Sport Space: "Crow ing Out" and
Other Factors in the Relegation and Marginalization of Soccer 52
Three Soccer's Trials and Tribulations: Beginnings, Chaos, "Almosts," Obscurity, an Colleges 99
Four The Formation and Rearrangement of the American Sport Space in the Secon Half of the wentieth Century 128
Five From the North American Soccer League to Major League Soccer 162
Six The World Cup in the Unite States 201
Seven The Coverage of World Cup '98 by the American Media and the Tournament's Reception by the American Public 235
Conclusion 264
Appendixes 273
A. A Statistical Abstract on Recreational, Scholastic, and Collegiate Soccer in the United States 275
B. A Sample of Opinion from American Sports Columnists and Journalists regarding the 1994 World Cup 282
Notes 299
Bibliography 341
Index 353


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Sports United States Sociological aspects, Soccer Social aspects United States