Super Bowl 2017 How political can sports be

Super Bowl 2017 How political can sports be? The quarterback of the Super Bowl finalist New England Patriots is greeted with the new US President Donald Trump, the coach is friends with him. Is the football event more political this year? And how politically should or should sports be?

Super Bowl 2017 How political can sports be?

Philipp May in conversation with Jürgen Mittag, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht and Martina Buttler - Super Bowl 2017 How political can sports be

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady had to express himself more often than before before the Super Bowl 2017. (Picture alliance / dpa – Larry W. Smith)Does this year’s Super Bowl – the mega event of the US sports and entertainment industry – play a part in politics?

In the sports talk Martina Buttler, ARD correspondent, reported on protests in the final city of Houston. “There was a demonstration across the inner city, near the fan zone, and there were people on the street and have clearly protested against Trump and his policy.”

Super Bowl Winner does not want to go to the White House

Buttler also reports that some of the New England Patriots ‘players had become annoyed by all the journalists’ demands on Trump and politics. However, Martellus Bennett, a player of the Patriots, had said they should be invited to the White House after winning the title, he will not go.

Foxx stops promotional clip

In addition, the whole poltical superchargedness of the Super Bowl was reflected in the advertisers. So there is a commercial of a DIY chain, which discusses the potential wall building on the border with Mexico. The spot ended with the fact that mother and daughter were stopped by a wall.

This, however, was too controversial for Foxx, the broadcasting station. The DIY chain had to cut the clip around the crucial scene, but referred to the company’s website for the resolution of the original end of the spot.

Pressure on the athletes is getting bigger

With the increased position and the staging of the sport, the pressure on the athletes will also become more and more politically expressed or positioned, said Jürgen Mittag, Professor of Sports Policy at the German Sports College Cologne. “The tendency is in the direction that athletes are intensifying and critical about their environment and the world.”

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, who holds the Chair of Compararistics at Stanford University, said that in comparison to Germany, protests in the stadiums were unthinkable. “I believe this is also linked to the college tradition, the matrix of sport is different from that in Europe.”

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Statements by our interlocutors reflect their own views. German radio does not adopt statements of its interlocutors in interviews and discussions.


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