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Who ‘Owns’ the Game? A critical reflection on membership owned models of football governance

Hassan, David (2014) Who ‘Owns’ the Game? A critical reflection on membership owned models of football governance. In: FIFA World Cup and the Nation: Culture, Politics, Identity, Oxford University. Taylor and Francis. 16 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

A significant body of literature has emerged over the past decade contrasting the supposed benefits of a move towards a membership owned/ mutual governance model for sporting clubs in the UK and Ireland (as well as elsewhere throughout Europe). In many cases it is presented as something of a utopian response to the apparent unrelenting commercialisation of sport, mostly association football, and is viewed as something of a final opportunity for supporters of professional (and semi-professional) teams to retain a stake in the welfare and future direction of the clubs to which they are closely tied. This paper recognises the inherent benefits of implementing such a model of sport governance, especially to ‘failing’ clubs, but outlines a number of reasons as to why we should remain cautious about assuming that, in the face of a range of competing models of governance, that a membership-owned approach is necessarily better or more desirable.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Lecture)
Keywords:Football governance, membership models of governance, GAA
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:29850
Deposited By: Professor David Hassan
Deposited On:29 Jul 2014 10:42
Last Modified:29 Jul 2014 10:42

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