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THE ALLROUNDER is a new kind of sports site, for fans who know there’s more to sport.

 

We won’t analyze last weekend’s action, make predictions for the upcoming season, or pass along rumors about trades and transfers. Instead, The Allrounder looks at how sport impacts communities, shapes culture, and taps bodies and emotions.

Our writers regularly contribute to academic journals and major media outlets. They speak at international conferences, and they’re interviewed for radio and TV. The Allrounder gathers their expertise at one spot. We expect that you’ll learn something new about how sport shapes our world, and that you’ll gain a different view of your favorite games. 

 

The Allrounder also goes around the world.

Our writers are based in Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, London, Melbourne, Seattle, Singapore, Toronto, and points in-between.

They’ll share their expertise on games in the neighborhood, and they’ll offer insight on global sport, politics and culture.

Whether you’ve been transferred overseas for work, started a new year as an international student, or you’re up in the middle of the night watching matches on another continent, The Allrounder offers an expert guide to the world’s different sporting cultures.

 

The Allrounder is led by a team of three editors:

Bruce Berglund is a professor of history and director of the Honors Program at Calvin College, a two-time Fulbright scholar in Eastern Europe, and host and editor of the podcast New Books in Sports.

Michael Buma is an analyst at Info-Tech Research Group in London, Ontario. A former faculty member in English and kinesiology at Western University, he has written several articles on the cultural meaning of sport and is the author of Refereeing Identity: The Cultural Work of Canadian Hockey Novels.

Jean Williams is a senior research fellow at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University. She has written extensively on women’s football and Olympic athletes. Her most recent book is part one of A Contemporary History of Women’s SportJean tweets at @JeanMWilliams.

 

If you have a question, suggestion, or even a compliment, we’d be happy to hear from you.

SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
Athens hosted the first Intercalated Olympic Games in 1906, between the 1904 St. Louis games and the 1908 London Olympics. The IOC planned that this second series of games would also be held every four years, but only in Greece. Even though these games were more successful than the 1900 or 1904 Olympics, they were held only once and their medals are not included in the IOC's official tables.
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