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To m any Prospect readers, the idea that sport is not taken seriously in modern Britain will seem absurd. Never has more money or media attention been lavished on it. I am a sports fan—and as it happens I am writing this in my study in the shadow of the Arsenal football stadium—yet even to me the law of diminishing returns applies all too often to today’s brash sporting culture. David Goldblatt’s cover essay does not, of course, deny that there’s a lot of sport about. Rather, he argues that we still generally deem it unworthy of proper intellectual or…

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