This book examines the political debates over the access to live telecasts of sport in the digital broadcasting era. It outlines the broad theoretical debates, political positions and policy calculations over the provision of live, free-to-air telecasts of sport as a right of cultural citizenship. In so doing, the book provides a number of comparative case studies that explore these debates and issues in various global spaces.
"For me – a media scientist – this book is an interesting and important contribution to the debate on public service media and what its mission will be in the future…In my view this book provides media sport researchers with important facts and interesting perspectives on sport culture, citizenship and media politics." – Britt-Marie Ringfjord, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden, published in idrottsforum.org, Nordic Sport Studies Forum.
1. Sport, Public Service Media, and Cultural Citizenship Jay Scherer and David Rowe 2. Before, During, and After the Neoliberal Moment: Media, Sports, Policy, Citizenship Toby Miller 3. Televised Sport and Cultural Citizenship in Canada: The "Two Solitudes" of Canadian Public Broadcasting? Jay Scherer and Jean Harvey 4. Selling Out: The Gaming of the Living Room Seat for the U.S. Sports Fan Lawrence A. Wenner, Robert V. Bellamy and James R. Walker 5. Football for Everyone? Soccer, Television and Politics in Argentina Pablo Alabarces and Carolina Duek 6. No Longer the Crown Jewels of Sport? Television, Sport and National Events in the UK Raymond Boyle 7. The Law Not Applied: French Controversies about Television Viewer Access to the 2006 European Handball Championship Fabien Ohl and Lucie Schoch 8. Belgium’s "List of Major Events" Mechanism in the Digital Broadcasting Era Katrien Lefever 9. "Events of National Importance and Cultural Significance": Sport, Television and the Anti-Siphoning Regime in Australia David Rowe 10. Millennium Blues: The Politics of Media Policy, Televised Sport, and Cultural Citizenship in New Zealand Jay Scherer, Michael Sam and Steven J. Jackson 11. The Political Economy of Sport Broadcasting in the Arab World Mahfoud Amara 12. The Global Popular and the Local Obscure: Televised Sport in Contemporary Singapore Callum Gilmour 13. Sport, Broadcasting and Cultural Citizenship in Japan Donna Wong, Isamu Kuroda, and John Horne 14. The Political Economy of Football Viewership in Africa Muhammed Musa 15. Watching the Football with Raymond Williams: A Reconsideration of the Global Game as a "Wonderful Game" John Hughson 16. Afterword: Sport, Public Service Media, and a "Red Button" FutureDavid Rowe and Jay Scherer