From the Author
This book was written for the casual fan, the hardcore fan, athletes, and those in the sports business. Its goal is to forge a better society and eradicate racial tensions by broaching honest discussions of realities of racism--past and present--in sport culture.
I tackle these issues throughout nine chapters taking on topics ranging from diversity in positions of power and leadership to the exploitation of amateur athletes and racial stereotypes sustained in contemporary sports films.
While my analysis, at times, might seem harsh, it is honest and done with the utmost concern and love for a better, more harmonious world.
From the Back Cover
"Ballers of the New School is indeed an apropos title for Thabiti Lewis's challenging and innovative take on a new generation of black athletes. Punctuated with striking candor and an adroit understanding of contemporary popular culture, Lewis's Ballers of the New School is a much needed addition to scholarship on race and sports." --Mark Anthony Neal
"Coming out of nowhere like a Mike Tyson uppercut, Thabiti Lewis's Ballers of the New School is a shock to the system. Rarely has the intersection of sports and race and race-ISM been discussed with such bracing honesty, such generosity and such anger born of love. It's an absolute stunner." --Dave Zirin
Ballers of the New School is a timely and important work. At once a scholarly triumph, powerful social critique, and moving personal story, it challenges readers to set aside received wisdom that sports are the epitome of racial harmony and progress and reflect seriously on structures of racial inequality and how African Americans have struggled against them. Lewis is to be commended for pairing a penetrating critical analysis with an impassioned call for action directed at players, gatekeepers, and fans." --Richard King
Black Studies/Social Commentary/Sports Culture