Playing Tough: The World of Sports and Politics and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
  • List Price: $32.95
  • Save: $8.32 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 9 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $0.92
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Playing Tough: The World of Sports and Politics Hardcover – May 14, 2013

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$20.34 $13.85

Frequently Bought Together

Playing Tough: The World of Sports and Politics + Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down
Price for both: $37.83

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at

Product Details

Editorial Reviews


“Each chapter tells a distinct, compelling story of the relationship between sports and politics, and the whole strips away any illusion that sports can exist without political implications. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice


“One of the first analysts to teach us how the law invaded the world of sports, in Playing Tough Roger Abrams turns his encyclopedic knowledge of sports history to the often problematic relationship between politicians and players, owners and fans. The result is a series of entertaining stories, shrewdly observed and wisely told, and a constant reminder of how serious our games can be.” (Michael Meltsner, former counsel to Muhammad Ali and Matthews University Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law)

More About the Author

Roger I. Abrams is the Richardson Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. An honors graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard Law School, Professor Abrams is a recognized authority on Sports Law. He has published four books on the business of sports: LEGAL BASES: BASEBALL AND THE LAW (TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1998); THE MONEY PITCH: BASEBALL FREE AGENCY AND SALARY ARBITRATION (TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2000); THE FIRST WORLD SERIES AND THE BASEBALL FANATICS OF 1903 (NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY PRES, 2003); THE DARK SIDE OF THE DIAMOND: GAMBLING, VIOLENCE, DRUGS AND ALCOHOLISM IN THE NATIONAL PASTIME (ROUNDER BOOKS, 2008). His fifth book, SPORTS JUSTICE: THE BUSINESS AND LAW OF SPORTS, will be published by University Press of New England in October 2010.
Professor Abrams has served as a Major League Baseball salary arbitrator starting in 1986, and he is regularly asked to comment on legal and economic issues involving the national game by the print and electronic media. His blog on the business of sports is featured on Huffington Post. In the fall of 2006, Professor Abrams served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers