David Rowe

The player played: Frank Lowy and Australia’s failed World Cup bid

When Swiss police, acting on FBI intelligence, swooped in May and arrested several officials from FIFA, world football’s governing body, the game seemed up at last. Years of FIFA scandal and whitewash suddenly…

Loyalty in sport: who to support if your team is not in the weekend’s footy finals

Commentators are prone to describe every weekend as a huge one for sport, but this weekend qualifies as large, even by the inflated standards of the sports hyperbole peddlers. On Saturday afternoon the West…

Playing the woman: Healy and Kyrgios expose sport’s sexism problem

This ought to have been a good time for women in Australian sport. The women’s cricket team is on the cusp of regaining the Ashes in England after the men’s abject surrender of theirs. Australia won the…

English football holds lessons for cricket, as elites hijack the game

Just as Australian cricket followers are coming to terms with the loss of the (men’s) Ashes and the impending departure of captain Michael Clarke, the national broadcaster has warned them of a far more depressing…

Should Russia host the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

Calls to remove or boycott Russia as host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup are gathering force. Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko, as well as 13 US senators, have said continued Russian intervention in east…

Cricket, commentary and the dollar: Benaud’s legacy is complex

Around 150,000 deaths are registered in Australia every year, but few receive the “end of an era” tribute accorded Richie Benaud. He was with us as a player, journalist, author, consultant and commentator…

Australia’s summer of sporting events – has it been worth it?

The cricket World Cup’s opening game, which pits Australia against England on Valentine’s Day, is the latest twist in a summer in which Australia has played host to two of the world’s biggest…

Death of a sportsman: gladiatorial guilt

The untimely death of cricketer Phillip Hughes has garnered enormous media and public attention – the biggest Australian news story of the week covered extensively in the international media. Even the Google landing…

Scandals are forever for FIFA as World Cup hosting saga drags on

Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the independent Adjudicatory Chamber of football governing body FIFA’s Ethics Committee, announced on Thursday that his committee had exonerated Qatar and Russia over the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and…

Kitsch and Kylie – but one surprise at the Glasgow closing ceremony

I hope you didn’t sleep through or otherwise avoid the closing ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, especially its Gold Coast 2018 handover component. If so, you surely missed a production marking…