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How English football is selling out its fans

In a country with food banks and hospital closures, it’s getting harder to tolerate football’s excesses | MARK TURLEY

Born from the sweat of the industrial working class, among its many nicknames association football has long been known as ‘the people’s game’. The phrase conjures up quaint images; jumpers for goalposts, local pride and vast stands full of flat caps. Since the Victorians codified it, our national love of the sport has become perhaps our most binding cultural myth. Continue reading

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Cricket stamped with Murdoch footprint

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What is the real narcotic in sports?

By TONY SEED*

Editorial, Shunpiking Magazine

September, 2000, Volume 5, Number 5, Issue #36

In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams. – Olympic oath

THE HUE AND CRY by the sports media about drug infractions and “cheats” in the current Olympics in Sydney, Australia reminds us that there is a murkier, unsporting side to the promotion of international athletics. The intense debate about sport and the responsibilities of athletes also brings to mind an old question; who does sport serve? Is the problem in sport just one of individual athletes? Continue reading

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Sport as apocalypse – Why global sport is in crisis today

Essay by MIKE MARQUSEE, Frontline

Though’t be a sportful combat

Yet in the trial much opinion dwells.

– William Shakespeare, in Troilus and Cressida

EVERYWHERE TODAY, sport commands an increasing proportion of the public discourse – in advertising and politics, newspapers (front page as well as back), television and the Internet. More Londoners watched the telecast of the England vs Germany football confrontation in Euro 2000 in June than bothered to vote in the recent first-ever elections for a London Mayor. Continue reading

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Throwing the Game: Conflicts of interest prevent tough coverage of sports issues

By Neil deMause

IN THE 1930s, legendary hockey owner Conn Smythe was displeased by newspaper coverage of his Toronto Maple Leafs. Smythe’s solution: He approached Toronto Star publisher Joe Atkinson with a promise to take out $20,000 in advertising annually. In exchange, Atkinson would raise his hockey writers’ salaries by $20,000 – as a reward for more “honest” reporting. Continue reading

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