The Allrounder is LIVE!

Bruce Berglund, founder of The Allrounder.
Bruce Berglund, founder of The Allrounder.

The Allrounder is a new kind of sports site, for fans who know there’s more to sport.

We won’t analyze last weekend’s action, make predictions for the upcoming season, or pass along rumors about trades and transfers. Instead, The Allrounder looks at how sport impacts communities, shapes culture, and taps bodies and emotions.

Our writers regularly contribute to academic journals and major media outlets. They speak at international conferences, and they’re interviewed for radio and TV. The Allrounder gathers their expertise at one spot. We expect that you’ll learn something new about how sport shapes our world, and that you’ll gain a different view of your favorite games.

The Allrounder also goes around the world. Our writers are based in Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, London, Melbourne, Seattle, Singapore, Toronto, and points in-between. They’ll share their expertise on games in the neighborhood, and they’ll offer insight on global sport, politics and culture.

Whether you’ve been transferred overseas for work, started a new year as an international student, or you’re up in the middle of the night watching matches on another continent, The Allrounder offers an expert guide to the world’s different sporting cultures.

The Allrounder is led by a team of three editors:

  • Bruce Berglund is a professor of history and director of the Honors Program at Calvin College, a two-time Fulbright scholar in Eastern Europe, and host and editor of the podcast New Books in Sports.
  • Michael Buma is an analyst at Info-Tech Research Group in London, Ontario. A former faculty member in English and kinesiology at Western University, he has written several articles on the cultural meaning of sport and is the author of Refereeing Identity: The Cultural Work of Canadian Hockey Novels.
  • Jean Williams is a senior research fellow at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University. She has written extensively on women’s football and Olympic athletes. Her most recent book is part one of A Contemporary History of Women’s SportJean tweets at @JeanMWilliams, and she’s an occasional contributor to

The first posts are about a 13-year-old girl named Mo’ne Davis, the star pitcher for a Philadelphia team in the Little League World Series; the best sports interviews; a new biography of Arthur Ashe by historian Eric Allen Hall; Johan Huizinga’s classic on the question of whether sport is a religion.

The Allrounder is a little bit like, without the forum’s article section. If you read, you’re certain to find The Allrounder an enriching experience. 

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