Ben Bendrich

Scientist / Blogger, Social Studies, Sports Science, Georg-August-University Göttingen

Ben Bendrich

Benjamin Bendrich

Bendrich writes / blogs about the politics of sports. For him sports and politics always mix. He was born on the 30th of January 1982. After his Abitur (German high school degree) he became a professional basketball player in Ireland, before he decided to start his studies at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany (Majors: English and Sports Science/ Physical Education, State examination).During his study he also was part of 3 German National College Championships (Basketball) with the Georg-August-University Göttingen (2008, 2006, 2005) and participated at three European Universities Championships (Crete/ Greece, June 2009, Geneve/ Switzerland, July 2007, Guimaraes/ Portugal, Juli 2006). After graduating in December 2008 he decided to continue with a PhD program at the university. His research focuses are sports sociology. sports history and especially the current issues of intercollegiate athletics in Germany and the US.

Author of an upcoming book on the current state of elite sports in Germany (publication date: 2018) and an upcoming article on student-athletes in Germany (publication date: late 2017, early 2018), Bendrich has appeared on multiple radio and conference programs including the re:publica 2017 in Berlin (Germany), the Play the Game Conference in 2015 and 2013 in Aarhus (Denmark), the NASSH Conference 2012 in Berkeley, Califonia (USA), ISSA Conference in Glasgow (Scotland) and the ESA Conference in Turino (Italy). He also blogs about sports and politics on . He has appeared on national radio (Deutschlandradio) and TV regarding the issues of Colin Kaepernick and police brutality in the US as well as on student-athletes and elite sports in Germany. 

His recent book is: Studentischer Spitzensport zwischen Resignation, Mythos und Aufbruch- eine Studie zur dualen Karriere in Deutschland und den USA can be ordered at  English Title: College Sports between Resignation, Myth and Restart: A Study on the Dual Career of Student-Athletes in Germany and the US

The publication provides an essential contribution to the contemporary discussions regarding college athletics in Germany and the US. After theoretical considerations the study is split into two parts:

1. The current state of elite sports and college sports in Germany and 2. The American college system and its wide range of current problems.

The empirical study is split into two parts: 1. Explorative qualitative interviews and 2. An online survey carried out in the US.

The triangulation uses more than one method to investigate intercollegiate athletics in order to receive enhanced results. Explorative qualitative interviews held with intercollegiate athletics experts produce current insights.

With these findings the online survey for German student-athletes at US-universities was developed and over 160 German student-athletes regarding their experiences at US-universities are questioned.

The findings are extensive and identify many of the present strengths and weaknesses. It can be concluded that existing problems of intercollegiate athletics are wide spread.




05/ 2017









re:publica Conference, Berlin Germany

Presentation:How Social Media can Change the Monopoly of Sports Federations


Play the Game Conference 2015, Aarhus, Denmark

Presentation: „A European Perspective on the Current Issues of Intercollegiate Athletics (NCAA)"


Play the Game Conference 2013, Aarhus, Denmark

Presentation: “The Doom Loop of Intercollegiate Athletics and Its Parallels to the IOC and FIFA”









07/2012 – 07/2012

ESA - European Sociological Association - 11th ESA Conference– ‚Crisis, Critique and Change’

Turino 28-31 August, 2013.

Presentation: „German Student-Athletes between Conformity, Myth and Resistance“




ISSA (International Sociology of Sport Association) World Congress of Sociology of Sport 2012 in Glasgow

Presentation: “Inclusion of German Student-Athletes – Unsolved Problems With Regard to the Olympic Games 2012”




05/2012 – 06/2012

NASSH (North American Society for Sport History) Conference in Berkeley, California, USA

Presentation: “A History of Support Services for Student-Athletes in American Universities”



Bendrich is known as an expert regarding international college athletics and focuses on the German and American system. The author can refer to stays as a visiting scholar at American universities:


Studies abroad




09/2011 – 12/2011

University of Texas at Austin, USA

Graduate Student, Kinesiology and Health Education, The College of Education


Research stay

H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports (Institute for Olympic Studies)




06/2011 – 09/2011

University of Oregon, USA

Graduate Student, Robert D. Clark Honors College of the University of Oregon


Research stay

Robert D. Clark Honors College, Jaqua Academic Center




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