Sport: For the Love of the Game

The great illusion about U.S. sport—that its heroes play the game for the fun of it—is still as lively as Santa Claus. Yet anyone who thumbed through the sport section of his local newspaper last week found, it full of stories of commercialism that belonged on the business page, or stories of corruption that belonged up front with the other crime news. Examples:

¶ The New York World-Telegram said last week: "The threat of a basketball fix has local colleges so concerned that players are closeted in a hotel room on game days and denied the use of the telephone . ....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!