Posted September 24, 2018 04:25:06Sport book publisher and former sportswriter James Cook, who founded the British Sports Publishers’ Association in 2012, is in talks with former US presidential candidate Donald Trump about publishing a book on the exploitation of the human race by athletes and the sporting establishment.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Mr Cook said: “A book on sport’s exploitation of our sport will be coming out soon.
If you can get the rights, please let me know.”
The book, to be titled “The New Age of Human Extinction: The Case for the End of the Human Race,” is being written by Mr Cook and published by HarperCollins and Sports Illustrated.
Mr Cook has been vocal in his opposition to Mr Trump’s recent calls for US athletes to pay a 25 per cent “fair share” to the US government.
“I don’t think we should be paying a 25 percent tax on the American people to fund their athletes,” Mr Cook tweeted.
“If we are not paying a fair share of taxes on the Americans, then we should abolish the entire government and give it to the Americans.”
Mr Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has said he is in favour of an American “fair-share” tax, saying “they should pay a fair percentage”.
He has also been vocal about his opposition and in December released a book, “The Art of the Deal,” that outlined his plan to pay athletes a 25-per-cent “fair” share of US income tax.
He said in the book that he would work with sports organizations, the NFL, MLB and NFL Players Association to put a levy on players’ income, which he claimed would be “a huge incentive” for them to contribute to society.
Mr Trump has since been criticised by a number of sports fans and athletes for his comments and for calling athletes “losers”.
However, Mr Trump has also said he has “never” heard of an athlete who has been paid a 25% tax by the US Government.
Mr Smith, the founder of the British Sport Publishers’ Associations (BSPA), which promotes sports and media in Britain, said: “[Mr Trump’s] comments about paying a ‘fair share’ of taxes, as well as his comments about athletes, have been met with overwhelming support.”
In this case, a book has been put together by a respected sports historian and journalist which will be published in September.””
I hope that it will be a landmark book which will help us to raise the profile of the issue and will give us a more comprehensive view of how sport is exploited, which will allow us to see the full picture of the exploitation and abuse of the sport by some of the most powerful people in the world.
“Mr Smith said that he believed that Mr Trump was “in the right” to raise these issues and hoped that the book would “help to spark debate”.”
It will hopefully help bring the issue of sports to the forefront,” he said.”
Hopefully, this book will be the catalyst for a lot of people in sport to get engaged and engage with the issue.