Posts Tagged "culture"

A funny kind of democracy

Posted on May 17th, 2012 in Co-ops, Football (1 comment)

Back in the day when I was at Supporters Direct, I set up a google RSS feed to feature any mention of ‘supporters trust’, and it brought me this article on Monday, about events down at Exeter. This post isn’t about the League Two salary cost management protocol. It’s about  what is meant by fan democracy. In the piece, current Trust board member Roger Conway is quoted saying: The Trust has made the decision to help the manager build a really good team to push for promotion out of League Two next year,” trustee...

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Co-operation and Media Regulation

Posted on April 16th, 2012 in Co-ops, Media

Visitors landing here from Roy Greenslade’s piece in the Guardian about my report on media co-operatives should visit this page first!   I was very kindly asked by Anthony Zacharzewski of The Democratic Society to contribute a piece to their series on media regulation. My research on media co-operatives is mainly focussed on the how they meet the challenge of the digital age, but there’s an important dimension in respect of regulating the media for the public interest. In his...

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Away Days, MLS Style

Posted on February 21st, 2012 in Published Writing

I’ve had a piece published in The Guardian on the formation of the Independent Supporters Council for North American soccer fans, which I was privileged enough to attend the formation of in Portland last weekend. I’ll be blogging some more about what I learnt later this week. When Tom Dunmore and 300 fellow Chicago Fire fans travelled to see their team play Toronto FC in 2007, they were met with incredulity: “When we got there, the stadium security just didn’t know what to...

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The Ball is Round

Posted on September 13th, 2006 in Football

A history of the 20th century which doesn’t focus on the USA is the novel premise that underpins David Goldblatt’s magnificent history of football from the earliest appearance of the game to the eve of the 2006 World Cup. Goldblatt skilfully moves from continent to continent and across the decades to present the story of the global game. He explains the reasons why football took hold almost wherever it was played, and why it didn’t take off in the places it didn’t. As the laws of the game are the same wherever it is played, the...

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