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Game-Day Gangsters: Crime and Deviance in Canadian Football

Game-Day Gangsters: Crime and Deviance in Canadian Football (Paperback)

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In the complicated interaction between sport and law, much is

revealed about the perception and understanding of consent and

tolerable deviance. When a football player steps onto the field, what

deviations from the rules of the game are considered acceptable? And

what risks has the player already accepted by voluntarily participating

in the sport? In the case of Canadian football, acts of on-field

violence, hazing, and performance-enhancing drug use that would be

considered criminal outside the context of sport are tolerated and even

promoted by team and league administrators. The manner in which league

review committees and the Canadian legal system understand such actions

highlights the challenges faced by those looking to protect players

from the dangers of the sport. Although there has been some discussion

of legal and institutional reforms dealing with crime and deviance in

Canadian sport, little exists in the way of sports law, with most cases

falling into the legal categories of criminal, administrative, or civil


In Game-Day Gangsters, Fogel argues for a review of the

systems by which Canadian football is governed and analyzes the reforms

proposed by football leagues and by players. Juxtaposing material from

interviews with football players and administrators and from media

files and legal cases, he explores the discrepancies between the

players' own experiences and the institutional handling of

disciplinary matters in junior, university, and professional football

leagues across the country.

LawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsConstitutional & administrative lawLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsEntertainment & media lawSport & the lawPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologySport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationAmerican football Publisher: AU Press Publication Date: 01/06/2013 ISBN-13: 9781927356531  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Curtis Fogel is an assistant professor of criminology in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead University-Orillia.

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