The Ivory Tower and the Press Box: Towards Total Fútbol Writing

By Peter Alegi | March 27th, 2014 4 Comments

This is my video blog contribution to the Football Scholars Forum roundtable taking place on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the global fútbological conclave known as the Soccer as the Beautiful Game conference at Hofstra University in New York.

These pre-conference blog posts are intended to launch the discussion about points of overlap and tension in the soccer writing of journalists and academics. Roundtable participants will share their insights on sources and methodologies, topics, audience, market logic vs. academic logic, and the role of digital tools in writing and dissemination.

The rest of the roundtable team is composed of Simon Kuper (Financial Times), Brenda Elsey (historian, Hofstra U.) Alex Galarza (Michigan State U.), John Foot (U. Bristol), and Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated). To read their posts visit:




March 27th, 2014 | 7:40 am    

FYI–there was a story on the New York Times website (March 26) on the upcoming Soccer as the Beautiful Game conference at Hofstra and the 6th annual Kicking + Screening Film Festival in Manhattan (April 8 to 11):

Robert Gaspar Majestic

March 30th, 2014 | 9:16 pm    

I’m sure a lot soccer fanatics are very excited for this event. They will surely learn many important things about soccer from different participants. I wish I could be there also but I’m too busy fixing things regarding my work.


April 7th, 2014 | 5:05 am    

Great discussion on how scholars and journalists write about the game of soccer. I will share this interesting discussion with my journalist colleagues writing about soccer here in Zambia and I am sure that they will find it enriching.

Sad that I cannot make it to Hofstra to participate in these inspiring discussions, as I am busy with my research on football here in Zambia.


April 8th, 2014 | 7:29 pm    

Thanks Hikabwa! Your presence at Hofstra will be missed.

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