International and Australian Experiences
The organization of sport is complex. Each code must agree on a set of rules by which to play and on how to determine overall champions. There must also be coordination between teams and possibly nations on the staging of events, and information relating to conditions. In the event of disputes, there is also a need for an arbitrator, and given the rules of sport are not entrenched in national laws, it is not feasible nor practical to look to the courts. For these reasons and others, in almost all sports governing bodies have emerged. Many of these have developed from simple ‘ rule-setters’ to being major organizations wielding substantial power over every aspect of the sport, including remuneration to players, location of events and the like. This chapter examines several aspects associated with governing bodies. First, we discuss the reasons for their existence and major roles that they undertake. Second, the various powers ascribed or taken by these bodies are discussed, ranging from anti-trust exemptions to an ability to override or at least avoid national and international law. Finally, we examine several governing bodies in the Australian context.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.