Ethics in Sport: Football greats to join great debate

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 22-9-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



Australians no longer bat an eyelid at media coverage of ethical crises in sport. The problems are many and complex; gambling, sexual abuse and violence are just a few of the recurring themes. Given that such issues may be symptomatic of the commercialised culture that exalts and rewards footballers, how should we understand and respond to this complex interaction of elements?

To explore this question and others, join sports identities Craig Bolton, John Eales and Scott Penn for the Changing Tactics: Football and Ethics Dinner and Q&A style debate moderated by veteran sports journalist and former Rugby League coach, Roy Masters.

The Annual Ethics Dinner, hosted by The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society, will see professionals from popular Australian football codes engage with academics whose research focuses on the field of Sports Ethics. The event will challenge the typical assumptions and explore new solutions to the problems affecting the game and Australian sports culture.

The Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society will use the dialogue from the night as a stimulus for education: to better educate players and spectators about their responsibilities; to educate the wider community about the demands they place on athletes; and to provide academics with data relevant to the practices they critique

Everyone is welcome to attend the 2011 Annual Ethics Dinner, to be held on Thursday 10 November, 6.30pm at the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Club, O’Sullivan Road, Bellevue Hill. Tickets are $115 per head or $1100 for a table of 10. A three-course meal and drinks will be served on the night.

For further information please contact: Communications Officer, Elizabeth Fenech

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

T: 02 8204 4407 E: elizabeth.fenech@nd.edu.au W: www.nd.edu.au/