If anyone needed reminding that sport matters in Britain, the fact that England’s ejection from the European Championships and Steve McLaren’s subsequent sacking has topped the news today should seal the point. But despite the central role of sport in our culture, its meaning and appeal are still not taken seriously in Britain, argues David Goldblatt in the new issue of Prospect. We tend to deem sport unworthy of proper intellectual or political attention, and our political and cultural elites keep their distance from sport. One consequence of this is that standards of governance within our sporting institutions are laughably low.
It’s time, says Goldblatt, for sport to enjoy the same cultural weight as the performing arts, and to be judged by the normal standards of public life. Why do you think sport fails to be taken seriously in Britain—and what can we do about it? Let us know in the comments box.