David Rowe is professor of cultural research in the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney. He has published extensively in the areas of media and popular culture, especially sport, music and journalism. He is the author of Sport, Culture and the Media: the Unruly Trinity. You can follow him on Twitter @rowe_david
Posts by David
Sports, Sexism, and the Limits of the Law
While legal measures have advanced gender equality in sports, their effectiveness is limited by a deep-rooted, traditional sexism. As other areas of society change, sports media needs to address the masculine culture of sports.
Football and Belonging
You've just moved to a new city, in a new country. How do you choose a new team? For a recent arrival to Prague, a key factor was politics, especially in the context of Europe's refugee crisis.
The Game Is Changing, Baby: Sport, Media, and Sexism
A star player steps off the field for an interview . . . and proceeds to ask the young reporter for a date. As a sports media scholar shows, that recent episode in Australian cricket points to the challenges women still face, especially as journalists, when they step on the field.
Sporting Teams, Spacetime Worms, and Israeli Football
What makes a team a team, despite changes in players, managers, owners, even colors? What is it that inspires the passion of fans over generations and the loyalty of players whose careers are long over? A philosopher offers his theory.
The Player Played: Australia’s Failed World Cup Bid
As Sepp Blatter and his accomplices are under investigation, what will become of the misguided federation leaders who dropped millions down the FIFA hole and came up with nothing?
Lew Alcindor's first college basketball game in 1965 was as a member of UCLA's freshman team. They played UCLA's varsity team, who were the defending national champions and the top-ranked team in the country. The freshman team won 75-60. Alcindor scored 31 points, took 21 rebounds, and blocked 7 shots.