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#Sky25 – Sky Sports as a Disruptive Technology – And is Sky being disrupted?

By Leslie Crang The first goal of this brave new era, though, was not scored by one of the ultra-elite. It was scored by a team whose presence among the then 22 runaways was something rather remarkable in itself and... Continue Reading →

MUST Submission: Football and Corporate Governance Reform

Duncan Drasdo, the CEO of MUST - the Manchester United supporters' trust shares their submission to the government on Football Governance, via the Corporate Governance reform consultation (which is separate to the Football reform consultation). Shared 17 February 2017. Please see below Introduction... Continue Reading →

A networked view of the international mobility of minors in football

By Alex Bond, Paul Widdop and Dan Parnell The recent CIES Football Observatory Monthly Report investigated the international mobility of minors in football. The findings suggest a trading or mobility network of under 18yr old male athletes. However, they do... Continue Reading →

Political economy and football formation: Toward a labour process analysis of the work of footballers

Gavin Maclean of Edinburgh Napier University presents his research on Political economy and football formation: Toward a labour process analysis of the work of footballers. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Alex Culvin – Elite Female Football in England: How ‘do’ they do it?

PhD student and applied researcher Alex Culvin provides insight into her future research on elite female football in England. The presentation was titled: Elite Female Football in England: How 'do' they do it?  University of Central Lancashire The event was held... Continue Reading →

Film: Mike Green – European Football Journal

Mike Green from Hartpury College presents insight into the European Football Journal. The journal is set to host its first event at St Georges Park on 4 May 2017. Book on the event here. The event was held at FC... Continue Reading →

Film: Dr Giambattista Rossi from Birkbeck University presents Sports Agents and Labour Markets: Evidence from World Football

Dr Giambattista Rossi from Birkbeck University presents Sports Agents and Labour Markets: Evidence from World Football. Giambattista's book Sports Agents and Labour Markets: Evidence from World Football (Routledge Research in Sport Business and Management) can be found here. The event was held... Continue Reading →

The Battle for Badges

By Alex Bond, Dan Parnell and Paul Widdop Football and competition are synonymous. Scan the terrain and conflict is everywhere, from Mourinho v Conte, Messi v Ronaldo, Germany v England, Everton v Liverpool, fans in the pub, fellas in their... Continue Reading →

Quick!! There’s a Brexit sale…

By Dr Alex Bond Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) or foreign ownership of football clubs within England has affected the beautiful game for years, and there have been many news reports and academic discussions about the effects – positive, negative and... Continue Reading →

Agents and intermediaries in football

We have decided to deliver a bundle of articles from the news and research surrounding key football topics. These do not intend to be an exhaustive list, but will serve to give a nod towards where to start reading. If... Continue Reading →

Sports Agents and Labour Markets: Evidence from World Football

By  Dr Giambattista Rossi  The business of sport agents is completely unregulated, and further, this deregulation is higher than ever before. This is the main finding of a new academic publication investigating the role of the sports agent across the... Continue Reading →

The ‘Networked’ rise and power of the Football Super-Agent

By Dr Paul Widdop, Dr Dan Parnell & Tony Asghar   This summer, even for the hedonistic consumption of the Premier League, was unprecedented. Spending topped one billion pounds, with Manchester United breaking the World transfer record, in the region... Continue Reading →

World Cup 2022 and Qatar’s construction projects: Relational power in networks and relational responsibilities to migrant workers

By Pete Millward In “World Cup 2022 and Qatar’s construction projects: Relational power in networks and relational responsibilities to migrant workers,” Peter Millward (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) explores the relational power and responsibilities to migrant workers on physical infrastructure projects... Continue Reading →

English Premier League Trading System

By Paul Widdop Dr Paul Widdop, along with colleagues at the University of Konstanz (Prof. Ulrik Brandes); the Mitchell Centre (Prof. Martin Everett); and Alliance Manchester Business School (Prof. Adam Leaver) examine the structure of the transfer system of the... Continue Reading →

Branded communities in sport for building strong brand relations in social media

By Bastian Popp, Leeds Beckett University Dr Bastian Popp (Leeds Beckett University) describes his recent article with colleagues, titled: Introducing branded communities in sport for building strong brand relations in social media, reflecting on the usefulness of operating or sponsoring... Continue Reading →

Exploring the backgrounds of UEFA Financial Fair Play

Earlier this month Galatasaray were handed a two-season ban from UEFA competitions after breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. In this instance, the Turkish giants broke the rules on the level of financial loses allowed and the ban also coincided with... Continue Reading →

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