Brought to you by Joe Harman, Race to the Bottom is the football podcast that discusses the crucial, wider issues affecting football, bridging the gap between the game we love and the world we live in. Each month the podcast will focus on topics of race, politics, governance, finance, gender, arts and ethics, in the hope of raising awareness of the social responsibilities of the game.
Football Disinformation: An interview with Marc Owen Jones.
This weeks interview features Marc Owen Jones, Assistant Professor for Middle Eastern Studies at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar. Mark's specialises in the field of social media disinformation He spoke with @ginolasleftfoot about its growing presence in football's ever complex landscape.
Mark breaks down the evolution of social media disinformation and how it is being weaponized to distort narratives in the world of football.
Further reading of Mark's work can be found here.
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Miguel Delaney talks Saudi Arabia, Newcastle and end-games.
The take over of Newcastle Utd by the state wealth fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia is imminent. It casts a tremendous shadow over the morality of football. Many human rights organisations have spoken out against the proposed purchased of the historical North Eastern football club. Amnesty International, Fairsquare and Human Rights Foundation are among several bodies to have issued statements to the EPL's CEO Richard Masters, in hope of preventing the takeover going through.
Miguel Delaney, Chief Football Writer of The Independent, spoke with @RTTBPodcast about the issues regarding the takeover.
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Facial Recognition Tech. An interview with Amanda Jacks of Football Supporters’ Trust on privacy and policing.
This week I spoke with Amanda Jacks of @FSA_Faircop . We discuss the recent report that facial recognition technology was used in conjunction with traditional policing methods during the recent Swansea vs Cardiff match.
The topic proves a difficult one to currently assess as little legislation or governance exists to monitor or regulate it's use. This link from the Home Office gives an overview of the current framework of FRT's use and highlights the role of South Swales Police trialling live facial recognition ( LFR ) .
Privacy rights organisations such as Liberty and @BigBrotherwatch have campaigned extensively to ensure the rise of invasive data surveillance is limited and monitored. Football fans will need to be aware of the growing possibility that in time, sporting events will testing stations for digital screening.
This is a deep read from BigBrotherWatch's site regarding Scotland's use of facial recognition technology which they worked on with Open Rights Group.
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An interview with WSJ’s Senior Sports Writer, Rachel Bachman.
In this week's episode, I talk with Rachel Bachman, Senior Sports Writer for the Wall Street Journal, about her recent findings concerning the profit and cost status of the Womens World Cup '19.
Rachel discusses the implications of an error in the FIFA financial report, and its wider reaching effects.
You can find more of Rachel's work at the @wsj and via @BachmanScore.
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Politics in the MLS – An interview with Jules Boykoff.
A stand off has arisen in the MLS over a ruling that Portland Timbers fans, mainly those of the Timbers Army, along with all who attend MLS matches, cannot fly the Iron Front Symbol, due to its political connotations and links with the Antifa movement.
Race to the Bottom spoke with Professor Jules Boykoff of Portland University, to unpack the wider implications of the MLS's stance and activism's growing voice in sport.
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Bury FC in Exile…an interview with football writer Peter Taylor.
Friday, August the 23rd will for most of us be regular day. If you support Bury FC, it will not be a regular day. It will be the day when perhaps one of the oldest clubs in the world, ceases to exist. When generations of loyal, loving Shakers fans will see their club removed from the Football League.
Peter Taylor, writer and blogger of the excellent burymeinexile.com shares his thoughts and feelings regarding his beloved Bury FC.
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One of a Kind
This podcast is one of a kind within the football space. All others scratch the surface, but Joe digs far deeper to apply a lens onto some key political issues within the modern game. This is more than just a football podcast.
A new, fresh voice in football
RTTD is utterly refreshing. Well-researched, thorough and dares to pose the questions that only those at the frontier of the sport dare to engage with. A must-subscribe.
Knowledgeable, interesting and unbiased
Such a great listen! Lovely to hear the point of view from someone who is clearly involved in football but is able to see the bigger picture! Can’t wait for more episodes!