Is Wimbledon too constrained by tradition and pomposity to allow world-class tennis a proper stage? The ambivalent public support towards a first-class Andy Murray illustrates the pressing need to direct attention away from ostentatious spectacle and back towards the game itself.
The advent of digital technology and the increasing dominance of commercial channels has stripped the BBC of its monopoly on sports coverage. With a summer of high-profile competitions upon us, the BBC have to up their game or risk losing out.
Trenton Oldfield's protest against 'elitism' at the Oxford and Cambridge Boat race this weekend has been discarded by large sections of the British media as a narcassistic and mindlessly disruptive act. In the context of this PR disaster, Josh Dickens explores the continuing role of ideology in stalling social mobility in the UK.
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