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Building a popular, progressive sporting culture
Friday, 02 April 2021 16:01

Building a popular, progressive sporting culture

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Mark Perryman has been reading up on the sport we’ve lost, and what sport might become, as what seems like a never-ending lockdown gradually eases Way back when, during the first lockdown, March ’20, Jonathan Liew wrote a brilliant column on small sport vs big sport. What Jonathan meant by…
Of Empires and Umpires: Cricket and Politics in Pakistan
Wednesday, 02 September 2020 09:17

Of Empires and Umpires: Cricket and Politics in Pakistan

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Sean Ledwith writes about how colonialism and racism has conditioned the history of Test cricket between Pakistan and England This summer’s Test series between England and Pakistan was marked by high quality cricket from both sides, with the emergence of a new generation of fast bowlers being the factor that…
Black Cricketers Matter: Racism, Resistance and the West Indies
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 24 July 2020 10:58

Black Cricketers Matter: Racism, Resistance and the West Indies

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Sean Ledwith shows how cricket can be a site and a symbol of political liberation as well as of racist, imperialist oppression The First Test between England and West Indies this summer was memorable for a number of reasons. It was the first Test match played in the post-lockdown, new…
Changing the rules of the people’s game
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 13 July 2020 13:40

Changing the rules of the people’s game

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Martin Cloake, in the latest in the joint Morning Star/ Culture Matters series on the Covid-19 pandemic and cultural activities, considers its effects on football and what's needed to improve the game During the COVID-19 pandemic the football business has probably experienced one of the biggest jolts of any business.…
Don't just spectate, agitate! Bury, Bolton, and the capitalist takeover of football
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 04 September 2019 18:52

Don't just spectate, agitate! Bury, Bolton, and the capitalist takeover of football

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Doc Ritchie tells us to resist capitalist accumulation in football by tightening regulation and changing the ownership and management of football clubs. Images courtesy of fan-owned Clapton FC Football is a game owned by billionaires, played by millionaires, and paid for by you. Premier League players have no real relationship…
Culture Punch: reforming the videogames industry
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:16

Culture Punch: reforming the videogames industry

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Paul V. Tims looks at the games industry from a socialist perspective It probably won’t surprise my regular readers to learn that I love videogames. What better way to escape the turgid, late-capitalist nightmare-world we all inhabit than by stepping into an entire other life where you’re an infinitely-customisable mass…
Killing the FA Cup by the pound
Sunday, 09 December 2018 21:56

Killing the FA Cup by the pound

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Martin Cloake criticises the power of TV money over football, and the failure of governance arrangements to protect the integrity of the game. Tranmere Rovers or Southport, will play, Tottenham Hotspur. It’s the kind of draw that makes the FA Cup third round special. League Two or National League North…
Wednesday, 04 July 2018 19:21

Will England’s World Cup success embolden nationalist Brexiteers? You better believe it......

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Stuart Cartland responds to Mark Perryman's article with a more cautious assessment of the potential for extracting progressive cultural meanings from the success of the England team. As much as I want to believe in the positive force of seeing a strong and unified young multicultural English team do well…
Farmer, be an athlete.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:01

Sport and the Russian Revolution

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Gareth Edwards considers the changing attitudes to sport that resulted from the Russian Revolution. In 1917 the Russian Revolution turned the world upside down, inspiring millions of people with its vision of a society built on solidarity and the fulfilment of human need. In the process it unleashed an explosion…
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