A funny kind of democracy

May 17th, 2012|

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. […]

Co-operation and Media Regulation

April 16th, 2012|

[box type=”info”] Visitors landing here from Roy Greenslade’s piece in the Guardian about my report on media co-operatives should visit this page first![/box]


[author][author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]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. [/author_info] [/author]

In his famous mea culpa, Alan Greenspan told the US Congress that there was a flaw at the heart of his vision of capitalism, which was that he hadn’t expected shareholders of companies to be unable to ensure their own interests were protected; in his world, such self-interest would serve to provide the wider interest in true neo-liberal fashion. […]

Away Days, MLS Style

February 21st, 2012|

[author][author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]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.[/author_info] [/author]

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 do. They had no concept of how to handle people travelling together in a large group to cheer their team on away from home.” […]

The Ball is Round

September 13th, 2006|

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. […]