When Sports and Politics Mix
Recently, activist athletes have challenged expectations of how players should conduct themselves. While we love to see athletes with big personalities and flashy lifestyles, the response can be less enthusiastic when athletes make bold political statements. The articles in this volume show how common activist athletes truly are. Some use their platform to speak on social conflict, while others fight to improve their working conditions. Some LGBTQ athletes take action by simply being themselves. Through reading about players past and present who stood up for their beliefs, we gain a new appreciation for the role professional sports can play in our lives. Media literacy questions and terms are included to help readers further analyze news coverage and reporting styles.