Call for Papers | Sport and the Corona Crisis, a two-volume book series from Common Ground | Call ends May 20, 2020

Cancelled mega-sport events, suspended professional leagues, clubs in financial difficulties – the global health crisis caused by the Covid-19 disease has had a significant impact on the world of sport. The entire sport industry is in the process of reorganizing staff and reshuffling event calendars, not least due to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to summer 2021. Sport organizations, clubs, leagues, broadcasters, and, indeed, individual athletes have been affected in various ways and all have reacted differently to this life-altering pandemic.

In light of the extensive impact on international sport and the differing responses, we will publish a two-books series on sport and the coronavirus crisis over the next several months. The first book “Time Out” – Sport and the Corona Lockdown will look at the sport reactions to the pandemic during the ongoing global lockdown. The second book “Restart” – Sport After Corona will analyze the consequences of the pandemic for sport.

This call for chapters for the first book, “Time Out,” invites scholars to contribute short essays, commentaries, and analyses on sport stakeholders (5,000-6,000 words). Proposals may include but are not limited to the following topics:

      • Reactions of sport organizations, including but not limited to: sport governing bodies (e.g. national and international federations, international organizations), professional sport leagues, and clubs/teams on all levels.
      • Challenges for individual professional athletes (e.g. career-planning, psychological stress, training disruptions, nutrition challenges).
      • Approaches by individual governments to the crisis and the consequences for national sport systems.
      • Changes to professional sport-related industries (e.g. sport journalism, sport management, sport medicine).
      • Impacts on commercial sport (e.g. gyms, esports companies, sport media and broadcasting, sporting goods industry)-

We understand the rapid nature of developments currently in sport and more broadly. Therefore, we would like all contributions and analyses to be time-limited between the beginning of the pandemic lockdowns and the end of April 2020. All aspects of restarting sport will be covered in the second book.

We are particularly interested in contributions from Early Career Researchers (including Ph.D. students and Post-Doctoral researchers) but welcome submissions from scholars at any career stage. We are open to submissions from professionals in sport whose work has been directly affected by the pandemic.

Contributors that submit to the first book will be prioritized in the selection of the authors for the second book.

We aim to publish the first book in December 2020. In light of the timeliness of this topic, the following deadlines for submission apply.

      • Abstract Submission:                             20 May 2020
      • Decision on Abstract:                            25 May 2020
      • Manuscript Submission:                         15 July 2020
      • Feedback on Manuscript:                      15 August 2020 (Latest)
      • Revised ManuscriptSubmission:           1 September 2020

Please send proposal abstracts for book chapters to by May 20, 2020. Please see our submission guidelines here:


      • Dr. Jörg Krieger (Aarhus University, Denmark)
      • Dr. April Henning (University of Stirling, United Kingdom)
      • Dr. Paul Dimeo (University of Stirling, United Kingdom)
      • Dr. Lindsay Parks Pieper (University of Lynchburg, USA)
      • Dr. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope (Common Ground Research Networks, USA)
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