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Football, Fans and the Future of the World Game

Hassan, David (2016) Football, Fans and the Future of the World Game. In: The 1st World Football Culture Summit, Zibo, Shandong, China. World Football Culture. 10 pp. [Conference contribution]

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This paper profiles the extraordinary financial success of the English Premier League (EPL) but, against this reality, also considers what the future role of football supporters will be within the English game. My argument is that it has been the important role played by fans that has been a contributing factor to the commercial success of the club game in England but there are signs that this recognition is not always adequately reflected in how the game is governed. It is the management of a delicate equilibrium therefore, between the incremental, of course sometimes exponential, growth of the sport in a commercial sense, with football’s undoubted wider contribution to the social and cultural balance sheet of life, that is addressed in this keynote address.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Keynote)
Keywords:Football Governance, FIFA, Premier League, Supporters
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:36194
Deposited By: Professor David Hassan
Deposited On:01 Nov 2016 09:42
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:26

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