Sport governance no longer stirs public opinion only when scandals surface; it has become a persistent concern for a number of stakeholders, such as the media, sport followers, and corporates that produce and sponsor sport. Contemporary sport governance is characterised by tension between sport’s potential for commercial benefit on the one hand and moral education and social development on the other. The perceived incompatibility of these two aspects has led to intense conversations in the media, administrative circles, and the public sphere about the need for ethics to be the key element of governance. The chapters in this volume explore the contemporary forms of governance that is structured by sport’s extensive transnational networks, shifts in what the stakeholders mentioned above understand by ‘ethics’, and the emergence of new stakeholders. They identify as the two major directions of contemporary sport governance the growing significance of the non-West, especially in relation to event hosting, and the need for controlling the behaviour of emergent interest groups. The latter is a complex constellation of athletes, officials, supporters, lawyers, and politicians who share power and collectively determine corporate and non-profit governance, legal aspects, and regulatory mechanisms from within their subjective locations.
The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue in Sport in Society.
Introduction: ethical concerns in sport governance
Souvik Naha and David Hassan
1. Beyond governance: the need to improve the regulation of international sport
2. Sport and politics in a complex age
3. Sport mega-events, the ‘non-West’ and the ethics of event hosting
Suzanne Dowse and Thomas Fletcher
4. Gulf autocrats and sports corruption: a marriage made in heaven
James M. Dorsey
5. Towards responsible policy-making in international sport: reforming the medical-scientific commissions
6. Canada 2015: perceptions and experiences of the organisation and governance of the Women’s World Cup
7. ‘Trust me I am a Football Agent’. The discursive practices of the players’ agents in (un)professional football
Seamus Kelly and Dikaia Chatziefstathiou
8. Motorsport volunteerism: a form of social contract?
David Hassan and Chris Harding
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.