Globalization and social justice in sports broadcasting: The case of al-jazeera sport

Tal Samuel-Azran, Yuval Karniel, Amitl Lavie-Dinur

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This article highlights sport broadcasting as an emergent battlefield of "globalization from above and below" based on analysis of the strained relationship between Al-Jazeera Sport (AJS) and sports fans in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) over subscription fees to the 2010 and 2014 World Cup games. The article illustrates how sports globalization weakened national broadcasters' bidding power and allowed corporations to turn the World Cup from a free to high-fee event, leaving angry citizens from the MENA region to fend for themselves. A survey of online media illustrates how these angry citizens shared tactics to resist these fees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-731
Number of pages7
JournalTelevision and New Media
Issue number8
StatePublished - 26 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Al-Jazeera Sport
  • MENA
  • anti-siphoning
  • monopoly
  • protected games
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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