In the News: Professor Jules Boykoff Analyzes the 2016 Summer Olympics

Pacific University Politics & Government professor Jules Boykoff, a critically acclaimed scholar in the areas of international sport and its social implications, has provided extensive analysis surrounding the political landscape of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In advance of and following the release of his most recent book Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics (2016 - Verso Books), Boykoff has opined in the likes of The New York Times and spoken on camera to numerous journalists, including Jeff Glor of the Charlie Rose show, about the controversies cropping up and around Rio as the Games near.

Power Games chronicles the modern Olympic Games, their checkered political history and corresponding impact on both a global and local scale. Boykoff, a former professional soccer player and one-time member of the US Olympic squad, has authored two additional books on the world's foremost sporting event, including Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (2014 - Rutgers University Press) and Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games (2013 - Routledge).

As a Fulbright scholar, Boykoff spent fall 2015 in Brazil conducting research during the country’s preparation for the 2016 Olympics. He returned Rio de Janeiro to document the political and social sights and sounds as he did at recent games in London (2012) and Vancouver (2010).

Dr. Boykoff discussed the Olympics at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall in Portland on Friday, July 29 in the latest installment of the Office of Alumni Relations' Pub Night series.

Dr. Boykoff’s Recent News Appearances

Socrates magazine - CAPITALISM FESTIVAL (Aug. 19, 2016) [interview]
Pop Matters - The Dark Side of the Modern Olympics (Aug. 16, 2016) [Power Games review] - New Books in History (Aug. 14, 2016) [Power Games interview]

Carta Major (Brazil) - Terrible day for democracy: Senate approves impeachment trial Dilma (Aug. 11, 2016) [analysis]

KPFA: UpFront (Oakland, Calif.) - The Politics of the Olympics (Aug. 9, 2016) [interview]

ThinkProgress - ‘I Wasn’t Gonna Fight In A Skirt’: The Ongoing Battle To End Sexism In The Olympics (Aug. 9, 2016) [Power Games citation]

CityMetric - The Olympics can hurt host cities. Here’s how we fix that (Aug. 8, 2016) [analysis]

Jacobin - The Olympic Calamity (Aug. 8, 2016) [essay]

KGW 8 (Portland NBC affiliate) - Professor Jules Boykoff talks life in Rio during Olympics (Aug. 6, 2016)

TRT World (Turkey) - Interview with Jules Boykoff (Aug. 6, 2016)

Wyborcza (Turkey) - Rio 2016. Who warms Olympic torch (Aug. 5, 2016) [analysis]

ESPN United Kingdom - Behind the Olympic curtain, Rio at a crossroads (Aug. 5, 2016) [analysis]

Boston Review - The Ideology of the Olympics (Aug. 5, 2016) [review of Power Games]


The Telegraph (United Kingdom) - How women overcame more than 100 years of Olympic controversy to take centre stage at Rio (Aug. 5, 2016) [essay]

N-TV (Germany) - 12 billion for the Olympics in Rio ? A joke (Aug. 5, 2016) [interview]

Vice Sports - The Disastrous 1976 Montreal Olympics Should Have Taught Host Countries A Valuable Lesson (Aug. 4, 2016) [analysis]

Los Angeles Times - Welcome to the Olympic Games. In case you never heard of me, I am Brazil's president (Aug. 4, 2016) [analysis]

US News & World Report - Going for Broke: Rio de Janeiro is highlighting everything that’s wrong with the Olympics – so what do we do now? (Aug. 4, 2016) [analysis]

TRT World (Turkey) - Interview with Jules Boykoff on Rio 2016 (Aug. 4, 2016)

Portland Tribune - My View: Both Trump, Rio Olympics earn gold in hyperbolic hurdles (Aug. 4, 2016) [opinion] [Republished by the Hillsboro Tribune - Aug. 18, 2016]

Children Win - Boykoff sees hope amidst Rio’s Olympic gloom (Aug. 4, 2016) [analysis]

Sky News - Paul Kelso Looks At Rio's Legacy (Aug. 4, 2016) [interview]

BBC: The World Tonight - Munich massacre memorial at Rio Olympics (Aug. 3, 2016) [interview at 3:26]

Bitch Media - POPAGANDA: SPORTS AND CAPITALISM (Aug. 3, 2016) [interview]

USA Today - Going for Gold podcast: Rio's issues go well beyond hosting Olympics (Aug. 3, 2016) [interview at 13:20]

BBC News - Rio 2016 Olympics: Widow's wish sees ceremony mark killings of Israeli athletes (Aug. 3, 2016) [analysis]

Curbed - The urban games (Aug. 3, 2016) [analysis]

Brasil de Fato - Social movements challenging legacy of the Olympic Games (Aug. 3, 2016) [analysis]

The Allrounder - Book Excerpt: Transformation Games (Aug. 2, 2016) [excerpt from Power Games]

Today FM (Ireland): Neil Delamere’s Sunday Best – The Dark Side of the Olympics (July 31, 2016) [interview]

Vilaggazdasag magazine (Turkey) - Scandal Olympics? (July 31, 2016) [analysis]

KGW 8 (NBC Portland): Straight Talk with Laural Porter  Part 1   Part 2  (July 30, 2016) [interview]

The Telegraph (United Kingdom) - Rio 2016: favela's 'Olympic truce' offers Brazil hope amid corruption, division and protest (July 30, 2016) [analysis]

BBC Radio 5 (United Kingdom): Phil Williams (July 28, 2016) [interview at 2:37:40 mark of program]

Global Journalist TV - Getting the Olympics Right (July 28, 2016) [interview]

Talk Radio AM 640 Toronto (Canada) - The biggest concern for the Rio Olympics, police. (July 28, 2016) [interview]

No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman (July 28, 2016) [interview]

Der Standert (Germany) (July 28, 2016) [analysis]

WNPR (Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network) - Where Do Sports and Politics Intersect? (July 26, 2016) [interview]

Al Jazeera - Russia Doping Scandal: IOC Decides Against Olympic Ban (July 24, 2016) [interview]

Paste - Olympics Interview: Jules Boykoff on the Intersection of Money, Politics and Resistance in the Games (July 20, 2016) [interview]

KALW-FM Local Public Radio (San Francisco): Your Call - Political history and power games of the Olympics (July 20, 2016) [interview]

The New York Times - What Makes Brazilians Sick (July 18, 2016) [essay]    International version (Portuguese)

The Tyee (Canada) - Not So Clear Sailing for Rio Games, Says Author (July 18, 2016) [analysis]

WDIV-TV (Detroit) - The Rio Games: A 5 Ring Circus (July 17, 2016) [interview]

Oregon Public Broadcasting: Think Out Loud - Politics and the Olympics (July 15, 2016) [interview]

BBC Brazil - 2016 opens wide crisis of the model of the Olympic Games 'like never before', says US researcher (July 12, 2016) [analysis]

BBC: Sportshour (July 12, 2016) [interview, 28th minute]

Charlie Rose (PBS/Bloomberg Television): Summer Olympics (July 7, 2016) [interviewed from Rio de Janeiro]

Remezcla - Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Rio’s Ongoing Olympics Nightmare (July 7, 2016) [analysis} - The Dark Side of the Rio Summer Olympics (July 6, 2016) [analysis]

Public Radio International/KCRW: To the Point - Brazil Stumbles to Olympics Finish Line (July 6, 2016) [interview]

BBC London Radio - Author of Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics joins us in the studio (June 18, 2016 [interview]

Stuff (New Zealand) - Rio de Janeiro's Olympic countdown hits 50 days to go (June 17, 2016) [analysis]

Los Angeles Times - Don't worry. Rio Games have problems, but so have other Olympics (June 15, 2016) [analysis]

Bloomberg - Welcome, Olympic Tourists, to Brazil. Please Don't Mind the Mess (June 13, 2016) [analysis]

LeJDD (France) - Corruption at the heart of the Olympics in Rio (June 5, 2016) [analysis]

FAIR: Counterspin - Jules Boykoff on Rio Games (June 3, 2016) [interview]

Democracy Now! - In Wake of Coup, Should Brazil's Olympics Be Moved or Become a Site of Protest? Part 1    Part 2    (June 1, 2016) [interview]

The New York Times (May 16, 2016) [essay]

CBC/Radio-Canada (May 12, 2016) [interview]

USA Today (April 28, 2016) [essay]

Associated Press (April 26, 2016) [analysis]

Oregon Humanities (Spring 2016) [Excerpt from Power Games]

Los Angeles Times (April 15, 2016) [essay]

Bloomberg (April 4, 2016) [analysis]

CTV Canada AM (March 18, 2016) [interview]

Los Angeles Times (Feb. 9, 2016) [analysis]

Fohla de Sao Paulo (Brazil) [Feb. 5, 2016] [essay]

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016