Chapter 10: Power and politics in sports
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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