In the second week of the discussion, we will explore the issue of sports and capitalism. Modern sports developed during a time that capitalism has reigned around the world, but to think of sports solely with the framework of global capitalism fails to recognize the myriad of ways that people interact through games and sporting competitions. One of the ways to think about this relationship is to consider how large business interests have become increasingly involved in the sporting industry. What does this mean for the games that we watch and play, for the communities that support clubs and for the future of competition?
Facilitators for this week are:
Stephen Ortega - Simmons University + Harvard Weatherhead - Global Sports Initiative
Darragh McGee - University of Bath
Ann-Sophie Schoepfel - Paris Institute of Political Studies + University of Munich
Toby Lelliott - Influence Change
Richard Giulianotti - Loughborough University
This weekly asynchronous discussion group brings scholars, athletes, and practitioners together to discuss issues around sports, politics, and culture. Participation is by invitation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.