ESPN and the Un-Americanisation of Global Football
Jon Lewis

This article examines the cultural politics of American soccer fandom, with specific attention paid to the ways in which the sport is positioned and platformed by the major sports networks, including, especially, cable televisions biggest player in the United States, ESPN. The networks‘ failure to exploit soccer as a marketable commodity can be traced to a persistent American futility at the sport on the international level, but it evinces as well a larger American cultural problematic, one in which ethnocentrism and isolationism is disguised, as it often is, as American exceptionalism.

Film Studies
Thomas Stubblefield

rather reaffirms the presence of an impending world in which such an attack appears inevitable. For those on the ground, its unique mode of address offers confirmation of anxiety’s illusion, testifying to the ease with which the ‘as if’ can pass over into the substrate of the real. It is this prospect that structures both the communities that reside underneath drones and the art which engages their experience. Notes 1 S. Weinberger, ‘How ESPN taught the pentagon to handle a deluge of drone data’, Popular Mechanics (11 June, 2012) , www

in Drone imaginaries
Why some of us push our bodies to extremes
Author: Jenny Valentish

This book is about people willing to do the sorts of things that most others couldn't, shouldn't or wouldn't. While there are all sorts of reasons why people consume substances, the author notes that there are those who treat drug-taking like an Olympic sport, exploring their capacity to really push their bodies, and frankly, wanting to be the best at it. Extreme athletes, death-defiers and those who perform incredible stunts of endurance have been celebrated throughout history. The most successful athletes can compartmentalise, storing away worry and pain in a part of their brain so it does not interfere with their performance. The brain releases testosterone, for a boost of strength and confidence. In bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism (BDSM) play, the endogenous opioid system responds to the pain, releasing opioid peptides. It seems some of us are more wired than others to activate those ancient biological systems, be it through being caned in a dungeon during a lunchbreak or climbing a sheer rock wall at the weekend. Back in 1990, sociologist Stephen Lyng coined the term 'edgework', now frequently used in BDSM circles, as 'voluntary pursuit of activities that involve a high potential for death, physical injury, or spiritual harm'.

Open Access (free)
The production of sports media broadcasts
Roslyn Kerr

broadcasting. It begins by providing a brief history of broadcasting the cup, then considers the question of whether the cup has become a global assemblage. To date, there has been very little academic work examining the America’s Cup, so the discussion below draws upon a variety of media releases, journalistic articles, websites, blogs and policy documents as well as one academic article. A brief history of broadcasting the America’s Cup ESPN describes its 1983 coverage of the America’s Cup as a

in Sport and technology
Olympics and legacies
Maurice Roche

case of an especially successful Games event which left unequivocally positive legacies in both urban spacemaking terms (e.g. new parklands) and urban place-making terms (e.g. new facilities complexes and communities). The IOC regarded the Sydney Olympics at games time as ‘the best ever’ (ESPN/AP 2000). In addition arguably this perception of the event contributed substantially to the permanent strategic shift in the IOC’s thinking and policy in the 2001–2 period relating to the intercity bidding process for hosting Olympic Games. As we have seen in the previous

in Mega-events and social change
Professionalization and post-politics in the time of responsible golf
Brad Millington and Brian Wilson

channel ESPN on Sunday mornings. As said in Golf Course Management : “The program highlights golf from a course management point of view and provides an important platform for positive environmental messages that will benefit the entire golf industry” (Anon., 1995b : 142). Interestingly, it was also noted that the show was about “managing golfers’ expectations of fantastic conditions on less-than-fantastic budgets” (Anon., 1995b : 144) – an apparent allusion to Augusta National syndrome. GCSAA Director of

in The greening of golf
Abstract only
Belts and Iron
Jenny Valentish

head of an ancient statue of Buddha from a group of thugs. It’s a classic hero’s journey, and now Adesanya endeavours to make himself the hero of his own narrative. As sports site ESPN would later put it, Adesanya’s osten- tatious entrance at Marvel Stadium today ‘could have been a disaster. If things had gone wrong in the Octagon, Adesanya’s dance would have become a humiliating meme.’ But Adesanya drops Whittaker in the second round with a left hook to the jaw. Moments later, the new undisputed middleweight cham- pion scales the Octagon fence to double-flip the

in Everything harder than everyone else
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

‘gold mine’ not only turned out to be figuratively true, but could be reasonably used to sum up the finances of nearly all major NFL teams.34 The average value of a franchise was estimated by Forbes in 2012 to be $1.04 billion. Clearly, a key part of revenue is television, and Forbes further estimated that the deals with CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC earned an estimated $3.1 billion annually for the NFL.35 Equally contentious has been the question of public money funding stadium construction: an issue that Any Given Sunday draws attention to, if only briefly. Bloomberg

in The cinema of Oliver Stone