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Losing Control of the Ball: The Political Economy of Football and the Media in Australia
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 14:09 authored by Phillips, MG, Hutchins, B
This article examines the political economy of one of Australia's prominent football codes: Rugby League.A Marxist-influenced political economy approach is used to emphasize processes of domination, subordination, and resistance in the production and reproduction of power relations within capitalist sporting relations and structures. Analysis, framed around the concepts of MediaSport and the media sport cultural complex, shows how Rugby League is bound up in both national and global media processes. Key areas under examination include the historical development of the commodification of Rugby League, the growth of the media sport cultural complex, the role of pay television and the control of Rugby League vested in the transnational company News Corporation, and the supporter resistance to corporate media control in the sport. Â© 2003, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.
Publication titleJournal of Sport and Social Issues
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
Place of publicationThousand Oaks, USA