Sport has had a symbiotic relationship with television for decades, as it has always been one of the most marketable visual products for the medium. The new visual media technologies that have been introduced since the 1970s have altered this relationship greatly by incrementally commodifying sport at each step. One of the most crucial aspects of this relationship is globalisation, which initially depended on satellite television and took sport’s hyper-commodification to a whole new level. Turkey, which went through a massive transformation to a neoliberal rule following a bloody coup d’etat in 1980 that practically razed the whole social and political structure, has since become an important example of the roles of sport and television in an aggressively neoliberal setting. This chapter aims to explain why televised sport has had a remarkable role in the sociopolitical transformation of Turkey since the 1980 coup.
|Title of host publication||Television in Turkey|
|Subtitle of host publication||Local Production, Transnational Expansion and Political Aspirations|
|Editors||Yeşim Kaptan, Ece Algan|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Sep 2020|