Recorded in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, this episode features a discussion with leading sport communication and Olympic media scholar, Andy Billings, from the University of Alabama. He shares his insights on the power of the Olympic Games as a television and media event, and its intersections with nationalism and race. We also discuss the relationship between sport and social change, and the growth of the fantasy sport industry in the US.
As the UEFA Euro 2016 football championships take place, Tom Evens (@EvensTom) from Ghent University in Belgium outlines the economic power of television and the effects of market liberalisation across Europe. He also shares his insights about the weakening of the public service television sector, informal media economies, and the unique features of Belgian media.
Canadian researcher, activist and athlete Danielle Peers speaks via Skype about the Paralympics, disability sport, critical disability studies, and crip and queer theory. In a discussion that ranges far and wide, we speak about ableism, art, and the politics of Paralympic disability classification systems.
Colin Agur (@colinagur) from Yale University speaks via Skype about the relationship between mobile phones, second order networks, gambling and cricket in India. We also discuss the unanticipated outcomes of mobile network development, The Great Indian Phone Book, and the Delhi rape case.
This episode presents a special hour-long chat with one of the world's preeminent figures in the study of sport and media. In a wide-ranging discussion, David Rowe offers his insights into the state-of-the-field, his intellectual development during the Thatcher era, Cohen's Folk Devils and Moral Panics, the sociology of sport, technophilia, and the continuing significance of the media sport cultural complex.
Ana Vimieiro (anavimieiro.com/) discusses far-reaching transformations in Brazilian professional football and fan media practices. Issues covered include the 2014 FIFA World Cup, politics, television coverage, female fandom, and the excitement of Inferno Alvinegro!
Sport historians Murray Phillips and Gary Osmond from the University of Queensland join me for the final episode of 2015. Our three way chat examines their new book, Sport History in the Digital Era, the impact of the digital humanities, the changing character of teaching, the uses of geo-mapping software, and Wikipedia.
Steve Redhead from Charles Sturt University joins me to discuss his latest book, Football and Accelerated Culture: This Modern Sporting Life. In a wide-ranging chat, we speak about his career, the politics of popular culture, the post-GFC cultural condition, football hooliganism, and the rise of physical cultural studies.
Kirsten Frandsen from the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University discusses media and sport in Denmark and Scandinavia. Topics covered include the study of mediatisation, public service media, and the challenges of conducting bilingual research.
In this episode we hear from another new voice in media sport research. PhD researcher and professional sports journalist, Norman Li, speaks about the state of sports media, journalism and social media in China. We also cover the FIFA Women's World Cup, the Chinese newspaper market, nationalism, and the Asian Games.