Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - August 13, 2016
Sports and Politics

Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Date Written:  2016-08-13
Publisher:  Connexions
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX19885

Sports and politics have always been intertwined, though perhaps never as much so as in the current era. In the modern sports era, survival and success depend largely on the favour of corporations, whose power to provide or withhold funding and sponsorships now shape every aspect of sport, including athletes' incomes and lifestyles. It is now difficult to remember that only a few decades ago, corporate logos were strictly forbidden at Olympic events, while athletes were prohibited from accepting any kind of payment for their involvement in sports. The corporate conquest of sports closely parallels the corporate colonization of nearly all aspects of modern life. Accompanying this in recent years has been the increasing injection of militaristic content into sports spectacles. In Canada, hockey games are now commonly preceded by rituals honouring militarism. In the United States, similar spectacles have been staged for years. In this issue, we feature resources which remind us that resistance to the commercialization, corporatization, and militarization of sports is also part of our heritage.



Topic of the Week: Sports and Politics
The Olympic Smokescreen for the Brazilian Coup
Ban of Russian Olympic Team: Cold War at its 'Best'
The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer
Turkey: A war of two coups
Abundance for everybody - 'conscious food' supports a thriving urban activist community in Bolivia

Website of the week: teleSUR
Book of the Week: The Struggle for Canadian Sport
Organizing: The women of Greenham Common taught a generation how to protest
People's History: International Workers' Olympiads
From the Archives: The White Man in That Photo
Game of the Week: Crisis Theory

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