The major focus of my research involves examining the nexus of sport and commerce, more specifically the evolution of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) relationship with international television networks. In March 2002, Robert Barney (lead author, University of Western Ontario), Scott Martyn (University of Windsor) and I published a book entitled, Selling the Five Rings: The IOC and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2002, rev. ed., 2004). I am lead author with these same colleagues on a second collaborative book published in December 2011 by Syracuse University Press entitled, Tarnished Rings: The International Olympic Committee and the Salt Lake City Bid Scandal.
I completed a two-year term as President of the North American Society for Sport History (2007-2009), and currently serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport History and the International Journal of the History of Sport. And, while I have a passion for research, there's no place I'd rather be than in the classroom. I appreciate the opportunity for interaction with the students in Laurier's Kinesiology and Physical Education program, and I enjoy facilitating opportunities for them to hone their research and writing skills, while providing lectures that help them to place sport and physical activity in historical context. I hold a MA Physical Education (Western University, 1988) and a PhD in Exercise and Sport Science (Penn State University, 1993).
Nexus of sport and commerce, specifically in relation to the Olympic Movement. Recently I have begun to explore the financial and logistical challenges of hosting an Olympic festival.
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