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Almost everywhere you look, globalization appears to be in full retreat, derailed by tribalism, protectionism, nationalism, the reassertion of boundaries, and even an elitist progressive craving for all things locally-sourced.
Almost everywhere. Sport, of all things, is an important exception, the globalist’s improbable final beachhead. It’s important ground to hold. Sports are a form of global popular culture that influence how millions of people around the world connect to each other, situate themselves in the world, and self-identify.
Take soccer, which has made tremendous inroads in the USA. Can globalists here take solace in the fact that today’s kids represent the first generation whose worldview as sports fans extends beyond our shores? Similarly, in a Brexit-rattled Britain, does the stunning globalization of the English Premier League point the way to an alternative future? Stepping away from soccer, might the engagement of the NFL with Mexico and the NBA with China prove a powerful countervailing form of public diplomacy, independent of our government?
Andres Martinez Bio:
Andrés Martinez is a special advisor to ASU President Michael Crow, a professor of practice in the Cronkite School and the editorial director of Future Tense, a Washington, D.C.-based ideas journalism partnership between ASU, Slate magazine, and New America.
Martinez is focused on building media and research partnerships for ASU in both Mexico and Washington. He writes and speaks often on international economic issues and sports, and the link between both topics. He is currently working on a book project focused on the globalization of the English Premier League, and other sports leagues. Martinez is a director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and has also been the editorial director and executive editor of ASU-affiliated Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles.
A native of Mexico, Martinez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Yale, a Master of Arts degree in Russian history at Stanford University, and a Juris Doctor degree at Columbia University Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.
Mr. Martinez is a frequent contributor to Global Sport Matters and was a Global Sport Institute 2017-18 Seed Grant recepient. He was awarded for his work in writing a book on the Globalization of the English Premier League. https://globalsport.asu.edu/grant-recipient/andres-martinez-premier-league-and-globalizations-contradictions
Global Sport Matters articles by Andrés Martinez:
In honor of Black History Month, the Global Sport Institute presented a special documentary screening and discussion of The Renaissance Period of the African American in Sports, a film that highlights the achievements of nine African-American athletes during and after the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Distinguished panelists included co-producer Herbert Douglas, the oldest living African-American Olympic medalist (London 1948), Harrison Dillard, the oldest living American gold medalist (London 1948), and film producer Bob Lot. Discussion to be moderated by Dr. Victoria Jackson, Sports Historian and Lecturer of History at Arizona State University.
Check out a recap of the event from our blog: https://medium.com/global-sport-institute/renaissance-of-the-african-american-athlete-991572542b2e
Paola Boivin, Digital Director of the Cronkite News Sports Bureau at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, spoke about her recent experience as a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Dr. Allison Ross, Assistant Research Professor in ASU’s School of Community Resources & Development, discussed her research on how leisure and physical activity can strengthen a community, and the role of physical and social environments in this process.
This was Global Sport Institute's first Faculty Cross-Talk to take place at the Downtown campus, and was held in the Beus Center for Law and Society, room 544. The general format for the free events include a catered lunch, two faculty speakers, Q & A, and a designated time and format for idea-exchange and building collaborative, cross-disciplinary partnerships between faculty, graduate students, and other interested scholars and practitioners.
Faculty and graduate students from all disciplines are always welcome. The goal of these events are to foster an environment for cross-disciplinary engagement. Guests are encouraged to attend the entire event, but are also welcome to attend for a portion as their schedules allow.
Presented by VSiN, SeventySix Capital and the Global Sport Institute
Brent Musburger, legendary broadcaster and founder of VSiN, and former NBA commissioner David Stern had an intimate conversation about the future of sports betting, tech and media.
12:00 – 1:00 PM • Brent Musburger interviews David Stern
1:00 – 2:30 PM • Additional sports betting panels
The Global Sport Institute was joined by the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy for Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee, a 50th anniversary commemoration and conversation about the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the influence of athlete activism then and now.