From the bestselling author and award-winning New York Times sports columnist, a timely consideration of a debate that has unsettled millions of sports fans: In the age of performance-enhancing drugs, concussion scandals, increasing on- and off-the-field violence, and other controversies, is it possible to square our consciences with the sports we love? Is it possible to be an ethical sports fan? We turn to sports for heroes, escapism, and inspiration, but lately the sports pages have offered one distressing story after another: performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, the concussion crisis in football, and extreme acts of off-the field violence across the board. On top of that, the sports world continues to struggle with issues of racism and sexism, corrupt college and youth leagues, and cruelty to animals. William Rhoden has been covering these issues for thirty years as a columnist at the New York Times and in The Crowd Goes Wild, he walks fans through them one by one, combining incisive analysis with rich storytelling and fresh reporting from his own investigations. In the end, he offers a thought-provoking and brutally honest assessment on how the games we love fit with the values we cherish — and whether the world of sports can yet be redeemed.