Professional sports is bucking major trends in industrial relations, such as a marked decline in both union membership and industrial disputes over recent decades.
Fantasy sports began as a niche hobby for statistically inclined sports fanatics. But, with the internet, it has evolved into a multi-billion-dollar industry.
The revival of the idea of Indigenous influence on the origins of Australian rules football diverts attention from another, much more uncomfortable story about Indigenous relationships to football.
More and more, the culture of elite, professional footy is characterised by commercialisation and corporatisation.
Methods used to get athletes to their peak would be unacceptable outside of the stadium, but success papers over a lot of cracks.
Footy isn’t just the dominant spectator sport and topic of conversation in South Australia. It’s a salve.
Just because you were good at sport does not mean you can coach without furthering your qualifications and experiences.
There has so far been scant understanding of – or credit given to – the historical background to the creation of the AFL women's league.
Research shows there are some common struggles among those who retire from being professional athletes but players can be successful in careers after sport.
Australian sport will never have the commercial clout to bring the economy out of recession or solve a regional unemployment problem. But it is more than a fringe player in the economic game.
Sport remains the most evocative public demonstration of difference between the sexes, so its importance to feminist politics cannot be neglected.
Finding a balance between providing information on public figures like James Hird and minimising harm often is a delicate pickle for journalists.
TV ratings for the NRL and AFL grand finals show its still a challenge to engage a national broadcast audience that covers non-traditional areas.
The goal of identifying leadership attributes that translate into team success remains as elusive in sport as it does in other spheres of human endeavour.
Change Agents: Establishing a national women’s football league.
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Andrew Dodd talks to Susan Alberti and Debbie Lee about their fight to overcome prejudice and establish a national women's AFL competition.
Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.
In their hearts, everyone associated with the AFL knows the decline in the community is real.
Public discourse and commentary are generally blind to the massive contribution that local sport contributes to social connectedness.
Until we see a marked change in the stories that are told, together with a shift from inclusion to social justice, the national story of Australian sport will remain very, very white.
Sports weekends are where family connections are sustained, and culture is infused into Australian football games played on country.