The Forward Line is a female-led, Sports Law Podcast, born and bred out of Melbourne Law School. We discuss the latest news and conduct guest interviews with Athletes, Administrators & Academics.
EPISODE 27: TFL TACKLES Broadcast Wars, the Big 10 Conference & Conor McKenna's Retirement
Hello & Happy Thursday! We hope you are splendid.
It's a special day for us at The Forward Line - it's our first birthday! And to celebrate, of course we have a brand new episode ready to go for you! But in all seriousness...THANK YOU...Thank you for tuning in and supporting us over the last 365 days. It has been a pleasure to produce 27 Episodes for you & we wouldn't be here without you, our audience.
On today's show, we discuss Cricket Australia's latest legal stoush with Channel 7, the Big 10 Conference and how College Football in the USA has traded money over health and lastly, what does Conor McKenna's retirement from the AFL at age 24 tell us about the online vilification of our athletes in the media? Enjoy the show!
EPISODE 26: TFL TALKS to Jo Weston
Hello & Happy Thursday!
On today's Episode we are sitting down with an incredible woman who needs little introduction - beloved Netballer, Jo Weston.
Jo's a renowned Melbourne Vixens and Australian Diamonds player, often adorning the Goal Defence bib on court. In the midst of her seventh season, she has an impressive list of accolades including as the recipient of numerous awards with the Vixens and a Diamonds squad member at both the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 World Cup.
Off the court, Jo is a hard-working student at Deakin University, currently completing her Masters. She is also on numerous Boards and continues to use her platform to advocate for player rights and social change.
It was an absolute pleasure to sit down with Jo and hear about her intelligent and fun insights into life on & off the court. We hope you enjoy the show!
EPISODE 25: TFL TACKLES the Pink Mercedes, Free the Flag & the Tour of Poland
Hello & Happy Thursday! Last week of August - only 4 months of the year to go!
Today, we've got a pretty varied episode lined up for you all.
1. With the F1 up and racing, a few eyebrows were raised by the sudden appearance of a PINK Mercedes! And no, we don't mean an actual Mercedes car turning pink, but Racing Point developing (coughplagiarismcough) a pink doppelgänger of the 2019 Mercedes car that has landed them in some serious hot water.
2. The AFL's Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round started on an interesting note with the announcement that they would not display the Aboriginal flag, leading to some serious increased awareness around the fact that the flag is COPYRIGHTED. This led to all 18 clubs adorning Free the Flag tees and supporting the movement. We take you through the basics of copyright and what it means, the #freetheflag movement, and some potential pathways to getting freedom for the flag.
3. Stage 1 of the Tour of Poland ended with a bang - and not a good kind. A huge collision resulting from a sprint battle between Dylan Groenewegen and Fabio Jakobsen rocked the cycling world on a number of fronts. We talk through a few practical and legal issues that have been thrust into the spotlight - such as the downward sprint and event organiser liability.
To find out more about the free the flag movement, check out the great work being done by @clothingthegap.
You can find an explanation of the movement here: https://clothingthegap.com.au/pages/free-the-flag
and a timeline of the journey so far here: https://clothingthegap.com.au/pages/free-the-flag-journey
EPISODE 24: TFL TALKS to Allen Christensen
Hello and Happy Thursday! We hope you are all well.
On today's episode, Chloe is sitting down with Australian Rules Football player, Allen Christensen. It was an absolute privilege to talk to Allen and have such a raw & powerful discussion.
We kicked off the conversation with some footy chat, discussing Allen's journey to playing AFL. We talk about the day he was drafted to Geelong Football Club and then follow his career through to the present day where he now plays for the Brisbane Lions.
We then take the conversation off-field where Allen opened up about his challenges including a gambling addiction. As a proud Tiwi man, Allen also talks about his experiences as an Indigenous Australian in the AFL during the Adam Goodes era. We explore the changes Allen inspired within his own footy club and he offers some fantastic insights into how the Australians can better educate themselves about our national history and First Peoples.
Additionally, we give you the inside goss on what 'hub' life is really like for AFL players. And by the end of this episode, we're 100% positive you'll have found a new podcast to add to your weekly repertoire after you hear about Allen's own podcast, Addicted to the Game, which he runs with his brothers Luke and Aaron, and friend Jimmy. To keep up to date with Allen's news, you can follow Addicted to the Game via Instagram and Twitter @attgpodcast
We hope you enjoy the chat as much as we did!
EPISODE 23: TFL TACKLES Athlete A & Abuse in Gymnastics, Wigan Athletic F.C. and De Goey vs. De Belin: A deep dive into Sport and Sexual Assault Charges
Hello & Happy Thursday!
We hope you are well and if you're stuck in the Melbourne Lockdown 2.0, we hope you are staying SANE (if not, don't stress...Chloe's got an unrelated sports tip to offer you).
Our first story today considers the 'Netflix effect' of Athlete A and the impact of the documentary on the Gymnastics industry. We chat about the bravery of the athletes who have come forward, the #gymnastalliance movement and the institutional responses both Internationally & in Australia.
We then look into a potential corruption scandal currently dominating the Championship after the SNEAKY SALE of Wigan Athletic FC. We run through the tumultuous events as they unfolded and provide an update on the most recent appeal.
**Content Warning: Please note our final segment discusses sexual assault. If you find this content distressing, please pause the episode at the 27 minute mark.
This segment compares the treatment of AFL player Jordan De Goey against NRL player Jack De Belin. Both athletes were charged with sexual assault but following intervention by the criminal law, their playing careers have taken two very different paths. De Goey was allowed to play on the following week. De Belin has been banned from competition for the last two years. We ask, why?
Please note, the mainstream media is labelling De Goey's charge as, "indecent assault". Following amendments in the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), "indecent assault" is now called "sexual assault" and is located in Section 40 of the Act. However, these terms are interchangeable and are used synonymously throughout the show.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please reach out to organisations such as Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636) or Lifeline (13 11 14). They are here to help
EPISODE 22: TFL TALKS to Georgia Thompson
Hello & Happy Thursday! We hope you are all staying safe and we are especially thinking of our Melbournian friends.
On today's show we are sitting down with the Australian Olympic Committee's (or the AOC's) Social Media Coordinator, Georgia Thompson.
Growing up in Armidale NSW, Georgia developed a passion for sport from a young age with the support and encouragement of her parents. After graduating from high school, she went on to study a Bachelor of Communications (focusing on journalism) and a Bachelor of Sports Science, at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.
It was whilst she was studying that she gained some incredible experiences in the media. She worked at Bathurst Producers and New England Broadcasters within her first year of university, and then landed her first role as a content producer at the Netball World Cup in 2015! By October that year, she was employed by the AOC as a Digital Media Assistant.
Since then, Georgia has continued to work her way up the career ladder to her current role. Today, as Social Media Coordinator, Georgia has been imperative in keeping the Olympic spirit alive in Australia after the delay of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics through campaigns such as #OlympicDay.
In today's episode we chat with Georgia about her career pathway and experiences with the AOC, her insights about how athletes handle their relationship with social media in contrast to their sponsorship obligations and how she copes with the challenges of being a young female in the sports industry
It was wonderful to sit down with Georgia and have such an open and honest discussion and we hope you enjoy the chat as much as we did!
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