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Sports Economics Uncut

Brian Goff

“Sport has the power to change the world.” Sports Economics Uncut expresses this insight from Nelson Mandela, exploring sports as a fascinating mirror of the world and a powerful agent of change. In it, Brian Goff covers subjects ranging from the ebb and flow of racial discrimination, to inequality, law enforcement, managers and risky decisions, club membership, and politics. Much more than merely a review or synthesis, this book extends existing perspectives and explores provocative questions such as: how systematic is racial bias in pro sports today? Is all racial segregation in sports due to racial bias? How much are college athletes really worth, and is league parity really optimal? 
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Chapter 10: Power and politics in sports

Brian Goff


FIFA, the IOC, and the NCAA operate almost like nation-states. They push governments to do their bidding, such as Brazil suspending its prohibition on beer sales for the 2016 World Cup, and state legislatures passing laws that effectively codify certain NCAA rules. Heads of state curry favor with the IOC and FIFA for site selection. Chapter 10 examines the internal and external politics of these organizations. NCAA’s ability to hold together in spite of economic incentives pulling it apart is a story in itself. Nonetheless, it is in a state of flux. In spite of FIFA’s power, the recent corruption case that ousted its executive director, Sepp Blatter, is ironic in that it involves side payments that an organization like the NCAA has been able to institutionalize. The chapter also considers the politics of players’ association and leagues, as in the case of steroid use in MLB.

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