Podcasts 20 April 2021 Podcast: the European Super League and football's place in politics Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss why football occupies a privileged position in public discourse – and the gender issues related to it. Lee Smith - Pool/Getty Images Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up The announcement that 12 leading football clubs intend to form a European Super League occupied the top of the news agenda for most of the day on Monday. Why does football – a game designed for entertainment, predominantly followed by men – occupy such a significant place in Britain's public discourse? In this episode of the New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the place of football in news, politics, and political reporting. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions on why Britain seems unable to attract a high calibre of mayoral candidate compared to other countries. Listen here You can listen to the New Statesman Podcast on all major platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Acast, Stitcher, YouTube and more. Subscribe to receive a new episode automatically every Tuesday and Friday. Further reading Stephen Bush writes on the big problem with the European Super League. Helen Thompson argues that in trying to end uncertainty, the Premier League's big six show they know nothing of their sport. › Is this the moment for a flexible work revolution? Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!