David Rowe

The Winter Olympics and the two Koreas: how sport diplomacy could save the world

The small South Korean town of Pyeongchang, host of this year’s Winter Olympics, has suddenly become the epicentre of one of the most dangerous games in world politics. Amid escalating tensions over North…

Sydney’s stadiums debate shows sport might not be the political winner it once was

Less than two decades after Sydney hosted the Olympics, its sports infrastructure is back in the national consciousness. The New South Wales government has come in for heavy criticism over its plan to…

Anti-siphoning changes a blow to sports fans who want to watch on free-to-air TV

Sport features heavily in the federal government’s long-anticipated Broadcast and Content Reform Package. The package demonstrates the deep connection between sport and TV, as well as the prominent place of sport in Australian…

Live odds ban debate exposes sport and gambling’s uncomfortable mutual dependency

Watching sport on TV may not exactly be a healthy activity, but it should at least do more good than harm. Yet viewers are exposed to all manner of advertising and promotional messages…

For cities, hosting major sporting events is a double-edged sword

Just as the publicity machine is cranking up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, new Australia-based bids have already been signalled to host the same event in the future. Shepparton…

Australia needs to make sport a more equal playing field: here’s why

For an ostensibly fun-based activity, sport in Australia generates a good deal of anxiety. Questions like the following are often raised: Do enough people participate in it? Are they representative of the whole…

Look What it Means to Him Interviews: Professor David Rowe

This blogpost consists of an interview with me by Look What it Means to Him, by way of elaborating on various themes contained in my 20+ regular posts that I have so far published at forumbloggen. The…

Keeping Score: The Sociology of Sport and Media

For many years, sociologists mostly shied away from analysing sport in much the same way as they avoided any deep engagement with other forms of popular culture such as television. Everyday pleasures, it…

Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists

The descriptor “icon” is vastly overused in these celebrity-fixated times, but it could have been invented for Muhammad Ali, who has died aged 74. Thirty-five years after he threw his last punch in…

Sports, Sexism and the Law: Some Contextual History

There is abundant evidence that sexism is common, if not endemic, within sport. It can be found to different degrees in the sex- and gender-based stratification of organisational power, remuneration and media representation….