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ISBN 9781032102139
February 25, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on every aspect of our social, cultural and commercial lives, including the world of sport. This book examines the ethical and philosophical dimensions of the intersection of COVID-19 and sport. 

The book goes beyond simple description of the impact of the pandemic on sport to offer normative judgments about how the sporting world responded to challenges posed by COVID-19, as well as philosophical speculation as to how COVID-19 will change our understanding and appreciation of sport in the long term. It examines the considerations that either influenced - or arguably should have influenced - decisions to continue or to resume the playing of organized sport in the midst of a pandemic. As a part of this analysis, a spotlight is shone on how sport intersected with political issues surrounding COVID-19. It also explores the configuration and meaning of sport in the COVID-19 era, touching on themes such as the nature of sport, and its integrity, and sport’s relationship to technology. Other themes include the changed nature of spectatorship, suffering in sport during pandemic times, and the impact of COVID-19 on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A final chapter looks ahead and asks what sport might look like in a post-COVID world. 

This is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the ethics and philosophy of sport, the sociology of sport, event studies, politics or public health.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Jeffrey P. Fry and Andrew Edgar 

Part I: To Play or Not to Play… 

1          High School Sport, COVID-19, Paternalism, and Harm to Others

            Nicholas Dixon 

2          Autonomy, Paternalism, and the Dilemmas of Pandemic Sport

            Andrew Fiala 

3          Big Ten Football's Decision to Reinstate its Season: How to Run the Reverse

            Chad Carlson 

4          COVID-19 Unmasks the NCAA’s Collegiate Model Myth

            Alex Wolf-Root 

5          Black Bodies, Duelling Pandemics, and the Hidden Rules for White Profit in the NBA: Do Black Lives Really Matter?      

            LaToya T. Brackett and Conrad Webster 

6          COVID-19, Sport, and Ethics: The Case of the Australian Open 2021

            Dennis Hemphill 

7          COVID-19, Risk, and Nature Sports: Pandemic Dilemmas

            Kevin Krein 

8          Sport, COVID-19, and Acceptable Risk

            Jeffrey P. Fry 

Part II: Sport Today and Tomorrow 

9          Watching Sport During COVID-19

            Emily Ryall and Andrew Edgar 

10        COVID-19 and the Integrity of Football

            Jake Wojtowicz 

11        COVID-19 and How Best to Complete the 2019-20 Football Season

            Meilyr Jones and Alun Hardman 

12        The Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Fairness and Fair Play for Olympic Athletes Training for the Tokyo Olympic Games  

            Angela Schneider and Marwan Hellal 

13        Ascetic Cycling and Meaningful Suffering in Pandemic Times: Happy Sisyphus

            Ron Welters 

14        COVID-19, Lip Gloss, and the Threat to Women's Sport

            Paul Davis and Charlene Weaving 

15        What a Pandemic Might Teach Us About Using Animals for Sport

            S.P. Morris and Gabriela Tymowski-Gionet 

16        Rethinking Sport Ethics in a Complex Post-Pandemic World

            Tim L. Elcombe and Douglas Hochstetler 

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Jeffrey P. Fry and Andrew Edgar

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Biography

Jeffrey P. Fry is Professor of Philosophy at Ball State University, USA. 

Andrew Edgar is Emeritus Reader in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University, UK, and Honorary Faculty Member in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea University, UK.