The Chicago Tribune Sports Page, 1900 - 1975

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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  • 1 University of California-San Diego
  • | 2 Yale University
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A content analysis of The Chicago Tribune’s sports page from 1900 to 1975 provides an empirical base for assessing the changing nature of organized sport in American life. The findings show that there has been an expansion of the sports page relative to the rest of the newspaper; there has been remarkable stability in the coverage of the dominant sports of baseball and football; and there has been a progressive shift from amateur to professional, from local or regional events to national ones, and from individual to team sporting activity. This expanded role for sport is part of a more general trend to be expected in a leisure oriented society.

Partial funding for this study was provided by Northwestern and Yale Universities.

Direct all correspondence to Stanton Wheeler, Yale Law School, Box 401 A Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520.
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