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CNR Professor Dr. Amy Bass’ New Book Optioned by Netflix

June 21, 2018
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CNR History Professor Dr. Amy Bass’ new book, One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together, has continued to collect accolades since its release in February. The latest came on Wednesday, June 20, when the Hollywood Reporter announced that Netflix had optioned the rights to make a film or television series out of One Goal. The book chronicles the inspiring story of how the high school boys’ soccer team helped bridge the racial divide in the small town of Lewiston, ME, after hundreds of Somali refugees resettled there, and went on to win the state soccer championship.

“I think there’s a great soccer analogy for this: You’ve got to get the ball to the other end of the field and inside the net, and that’s very hard to do,” said Bass, a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston. “(The film option) is not what I’ve been focused on. It’s a very important story to tell, maybe now more than ever, so I’m excited when anyone wants to help tell that story.”

After becoming aware of the Lewiston team story when a friend in Maine posted on Facebook, Bass first wrote about it for CNN, before writing the book. “It’s very much about Lewiston being a microcosm of bigger things happening right now,” said Bass, who also directs the Honors Program at CNR. “Communities that come together don’t always stay together, it takes a lot of work.”

The book has already garnered numerous positive reviews and been excerpted in Sports Illustrated and written about in the New York Post and several other publications. Bass has also appeared on the Today show and on NPR’s The Takeaway

Bass’ research interests include African-American history; modern American culture, with a particular focus on sports; identity politics; and historical theory and methodology. She has published her research extensively, including in the prestigious Journal of American History and South Atlantic Quarterly, and has presented at a range of national meetings, including those of the American Historical Association and Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

One Goal is Bass’ fourth book. Her other books include Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympic Games and the Making of the Black Athlete, In the Game: Race, Identity and Sports in the 20th Century, and Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W.E.B. Du Bois.

In addition to her academic work, she's written about sports and politics for Slate, Salon, the Allrounder, and CNN Opinion.  She hosts a weekly radio show, “Conversations with Amy Bass,” on WVOX.  She also served as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports across eight Olympic Games, winning an Emmy Award for her work at the London Olympics in 2012.