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Money in Sports
This title covers these subjects: Athletes., Sports -- Corrupt practices., Professional sports.
Money in Sports
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Reviewed Titles Award Winners Accelerated Reader
Heinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction

Money in Sports

by Nick Hunter
Illustrated by Darren Lingard

Money in Sports examines how money has become tied to sports in a variety of ways, and what implications this has for both athletes and fans. Have there always been professional athletes who earn huge salaries? What is the role of advertising in sports? Exciting and varied case studies are used throughout this book to illustrate issues and concepts.

Reading LevelGrades 6-10
Interest LevelGrades 6-10
Lexile Level1130L
ATOS Level8.3
AR Points2
AR Quiz #148116
Text TypeInformational Text
BrandHeinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction
Page Dimensions6 3/8" x 9 1/4"
Page Count64
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $35.32 School/Library Price

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Booklist - Ian Chipman

"While many youth nonfiction book use sports as a high-interest hook for reluctant readers, this entry in the new Ethics of Sports series takes a different tack by challenging readers to think about one of the most complex and pressing issues, along with drugs, in the modern sports world. Hunter first provides a quick history of how athletics grew from roots in religion and warfare in the ancient world, evolved as leisure activities during the industrial era, and transformed into the mega-money-making machine of the present day. His survey is an emphatically global one, focusing just as much on sports like cricket, soccer, and the Olympics as it does on the NBA, NFL, or MLB. He discusses the vast swells of cash that slosh around between fans, owners, players, networks, media, and advertisers, and challenges his readers to think about all kinds of pertinent questions: Do massive salaries and endorsement deals dilute the purity of athletics? Is it fair for some teams to have more money to spend than others? Are fans getting screwed by skyrocketing ticket prices and $150 sneakers? Most critically, Hunter’s evenhanded and thorough treatment refrains from passing judgment on how money and sports have become so essentially linked. His point is that it’s worth thinking about and being as informed as possible. The robust back matter includes thorough source notes, challenging topics for discussion, and a list of things to keep in mind while attending your next sporting event. — Ian Chipman Booklist 4/1/2012 Top Ten Sports for Youth" - Booklist

April 1, 2012

School Library Journal - Kim Dare

"These volumes will have students thinking about athletics and the impact of personal ethical actions. Perhaps the most thought-provoking title is Getting Ahead, which looks at how new technologies, steroids and other drugs, and gene therapy have the potential to change sports competitions as we know them. Money asks whether the current distribution, with a handful of stars receiving huge salaries and endorsement deals, is optimal. Sportsmanship examines why some people feel they are above the rules, and the impact that a win-at-all-costs attitude can have on the spirit of the game. Society shows how a culture’s sports mirror, and sometimes shape, its values. Abundant photos, captions, sidebars, and occasional charts and diagrams make this set approachable. Excellent source notes round out the more standard back matter fare. - Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VASchool Library Journal April 2012 Issue" - School Library Journal


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter - Jean Boreen

"This text, and the series in general, provides a phenomenal look at issues in sports that have a wide impact and are a fabulous resource for teachers looking for good examples of nonfiction." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter

July 1, 2012

Booklist - Ian Chipman

"Challenging readers to think about the complexities of the lucrative business of modern sports, this entry in the Ethics of Sports series refrains from passing judgment while making the point that it’s important to be as informed a fan as possible." - Booklist

September 1, 2012


Library Media Connection - Terri Lent

"Each book in this well-researched series begins with a brief chapter on the history of an issue facing athletes today. Examples and events for a variety of sports around the world provide a global perspective and add depth to the topics discussed. Each book ends with a chapter that look to future developments and trends, and includes topics for discussion and suggestion for further research. The series will be popular for students doing research and would be a good addition to most high schools and middle schools. Glossary. Index. – Terri Lent, NBCT School Librarian, Patrick Henry High School, Ashland, Virginia Library Media Connection October 2012 Issue Recommended" - Library Media Connection


"Gr. 7-10. Plenty of nonfiction books use sports as a hook, but few pose questions this deep and challenging. Featuring titles like Money in Sports, this series tackles complicated topics with an evenhanded and thorough approach. Booklist Top Ten Series Nonfiction April 2013" - Booklist


Omaha Public Schools - T. Saunders

"This book is part of the Ethics in Sports series focusing on ethical issues surrounding sports and athletes. The book covers such items as the influence of sponsorship, financial elements, fans, and pressures on young athletes. The book includes numerous photos, a glossary, and additional sources. –T. Saunders, Central School Omaha Public Schools 1/10/2013" - Omaha Public Schools

January 10, 2013

Booklist - Daniel Kraus

"Top 10 Series Nonfiction! Plenty of nonfiction books use sports a s hook, but few pose questions this deep and challenging. Featuring titles like Money in Sports, this series tackles complicated topics with an even handed and thorough approach." - Booklist




VOYA’s Nonfiction Honor List 2013

January 1, 2013

Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter has written more than 30 books for young people. He has a degree in Modern History and specializes in writing about history and social studies. Nick enjoys all aspects of pop culture, particularly music from the 1950s to the present day. Before becoming an author, Nick worked in educational publishing for many years. He lives in Oxford, UK with his wife and two sons.

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