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Basketbrawl

We know what it is, but what do we call it.  Fight. Stoush. Stink. Blue. Donnybrook. Altercation. An exchange of pleasantries. Ruckus. Brouhaha. Bit of Biffo. Fracas. Melee. Free for all.

The whatever-you-want-to-call-it between the Australian and Filipino basketball teams turned an otherwise humdrum game of international basketball into an international incident.

Sports violence

There are as many angles to take on this incident as there were punches thrown.

Sport is a masculine area of social life.  Let’s look at this list of words – physical, assertive, tough, rough, competitive, intense, intimidating, risky, aggressive, destructive, and violent.  None of them look out of place when describing sport, but they are actually from a well-accepted list of theoretical terms commonly associated with definitions of sports violence. Sport and violence are certainly not poles apart.

The circumstances were ripe for a whatever-you-want-to-call-it.  Home team being beaten comfortably. Some niggle. Some sledging. Equal parts nationalism and patriotism. A push, a shove and then a great big whack (by an Australian). The Filipino bench players take a few steps forward, and ‘fly the flag’ in support of their team mates. Somehow the Australian bench players resist the natural instinct to do likewise. And then it was on like Donkey Kong, except they threw chairs rather than barrels. The Australian Five versus…well pretty much everyone else. The court is small, so the pandemonium easy moves off court.  It was a perfect storm.

Sanctions

Authorities will take a dim view of the players actions, providing many with a time out and a very visible naughty seat upon which they can reflect on their behaviours. But these authorities also need to exercise some restraint. Natural justice has a few dimensions and one of them is that the punishment must fit the crime.  It would be easy for FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, to throw the book at the Australian players. For example, should Daniel Kicker be sanctioned more for his elbow to the head of an opposing player simply because of what happened next? Does Thon Maker get some sort of reprieve because his flying kicks missed? Whatever the sanctions, some will say it is too much, others will say it is not enough.  If this criticism occurs, then you can be confident that FIBA got it about right. What is less clear is whether or not FIBA may seek to impose sanctions on Basketball Australia (BA) or Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, its Filipino equivalent.

Responsibility

So far BA has played its cards well.  There have been some attempts to shift responsibility for the whatever-you-want-to-call-it to the Filipinos, but the BA CEO and Chair were quick to acknowledge some responsibility. The same can be said of the players.  At this stage the less they say the better. The majority of social media comments can be classified into one of two themes – “How good is this?” and “I am outraged”. BA cannot speak to the first group and they will need to placate outraged. Contrition is key to all of their messaging.

So, whatever you want to call it, basketball was not the winner.

 

This blog is written by Dr Geoff Dickson, Associate Professor and Head of Department of Management Sport and Tourism. His teaching and research interests include governance, interorganisational networks, leadership, strategy, risk and law in the sport industry. 

Lauren Jackson on the significance of sport– Listen to the complete interview!

La Trobe Business School Lauren Jackson Sport in Regional Australia Bendigo Lauren Jackson

Last week, La Trobe Sport and the SER RFA facilitated a 2 day industry conference in Bendigo at the Capital Theatre on Sport in Regional Australia. The event marked the second running of the conference and had over two hundred delegates and speakers over two full days, and more than thirty speakers from industry, government and community groups.

This year’s key note speakers included former CEO of the AFL Andrew Demetriou, Australian basketball player Lauren Jackson and the head of Community Strategy and Netball Development at Netball Australia, AnneMarie Phippard.

“Sport gave me a way to be myself and evolve as a person.”
– Lauren Jackson

The interview with Lauren Jackson, conducted by La Trobe’s Centre for Sport and Social Impact (CSSI) David Lowden, was one of the highlights from this year’s conference. Jackson spoke about her experiences growing up as the daughter of a well-known ‘basketball family’, the culture shock she experienced while playing in countries like China or Russia, and where her career is now.

Jackson burst onto the scene as a member of the Australian Institute of Sport, leading a team of future stars to an unlikely WNBL championship in 1999. A year later she joined the Australian Opals and won silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Her early success at national and international level positioned her as one of the most sought after prospects in the 2001 WNBA draft class in the US, and she was selected with pick one by the Seattle Storm.

Her commanding play secured two WNBA championships for Seattle, and four WNBL championships for the Canberra Capitals. Jackson won gold at the 2006 FIBA world championships, and continued to shine at Olympic level, with silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Catch up on this fascinating interview on Soundcloud.

Sport in Regional Australia Conference

La Trobe Business School Lauren Jackson Sport in Regional Australia Bendigo

On 9 and 10 November 2015, La Trobe Business School will be hosting the second Sport in Regional Australia Conference on the university’s Bendigo Campus.

Abstract

In 2015 the conference will focus on a 360° view on sport within regional settings, including;

  • What makes sport and sporting events a success outside the metro area?
  • What do host towns want?
  • What do sports and event owners need?
  • What keeps participants happy?
  • What do regional clubs need to thrive?

Speakers include Australian professional basketball player Lauren Jackson and former CEO of the Australian Football League, Andrew Demetriou.

Plus, a one stop opportunity to sell your event to host cities with our exclusive ‘Host City Speed Networking’ session.

Find the complete conference program, here.

Who should attend?

The Sport in Regional Australia conference is the only sports conference targeted to the development of sport in regional and rural communities.

Everyone involved in the sport industry and interested in growing sport throughout Australia should attend, including:

  • State and local government
  • Government authorities
  • Regional sports assemblies
  • National and state sporting organisations
  • Local and regional sporting clubs and associations
  • Event owners
  • Sports business operators in sponsorship, event management and marketing
  • Sports management, marketing or business students

Conference

Date: 9 and 10 November 2015

Venue: The Capital Theatre, 50 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550

Register: register via the event booking page.

Further information: Please contact Associate Professor Matthew Nicholson via m.nicholson@latrobe.edu.au, or (03) 5444 7905

 

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