Common Ground with Jane Whitney Presents “Game Over: Politics and Sports”

june, 2022

05jun3:00 pm4:30 pmFeaturedCommon Ground with Jane Whitney Presents "Game Over: Politics and Sports"Wamogo Regional High School3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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The long-time voice of sports, ABC’s iconic commentator Howard Cosell, dubbed it the first rule of “jockocracy” – sports and politics don’t mix.

The last thing a nation of couch potatoes wanted to see was a political hot potato on their fields of dreams. Sports, for most Americans, were the sacrosanct refuge where we went to get away from it all, to escape the tension and drama and conflict that colors daily life.

But now many of our most divisive debates about class, race, religion, sex and the raw quest for political power are played out on the field. From the Pee Wee League to the Olympics and the Pros, sports mirror our polarizing divisions with athletes becoming icons of the polarizing debates razing the country’s cultural touchstones.

In “Common Ground with Jane Whitney’s” second program of the season, a bevy of headline grabbing athletes and sports authorities will examine Americans’ perception of the appropriate social role of sports and why we increasingly demand that athletes become warrior avatars for our cultural civil wars.


(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm