Handbook of Research on Sport and Business
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Handbook of Research on Sport and Business

Edited by Sten Söderman and Harald Dolles

This Handbook draws together top international researchers and discusses the state of the art and the future direction of research at the nexus between sport and business. It is heavily built upon choosing, applying and evaluating appropriate quantitative as well as qualitative research methods for practical advice in sport and business research.
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Chapter 8: The governance of the game: a review of the research on football’s governance

Hallgeir Gammelsæter and Benoit Senaux


Given that the membership of football’s supreme international body Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) surpasses that of the International Olympic Committee (208 versus 205 member nations) and the United Nations (192 members), that allegations of corruption and mismanagement have followed FIFA for a long time (for example, Jennings, 2006), and that the sport has experienced soaring commercialization (for example, Giulianotti and Robertson, 2009), one should perhaps expect huge research interest about how ‘the World’s Game’ (Murray, 1996) is structured and governed. This chapter takes stock of what has been published academically about the theme over the past decade or so, providing an overview of studies and research topics, and reflecting on further research. In this chapter we confine our review to publications that address the governance of football (for other sports, see in this volume, for example, Bourke, 2013; Skille, 2013; Winand and Zintz, 2013). While this encompasses the regulation of clubs’ organization and management by national and international governing bodies, and their interaction with a number of other organizations, for practical reasons we here exclude research on club management (research on club mangement is emphasized in this volume, for example, by Anagnostopoulos, 2013; Dolles and Söderman, 2013; Jansson and Söderman, 2013; O’Reilly, 2013).

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