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5th Edition

Governance and Policy in Sport Organizations

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ISBN 9781032300429
April 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
556 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in a fully updated and expanded fifth edition, this textbook introduces readers to the power and politics of sport organizations. It explores the managerial activities essential to good governance and policy development, and looks at the structure and functions of individual organizations within the larger context of the global sport industry. 

Full of real-world examples, cases and data, the book examines the dilemmas faced by sport managers, administrators and policy-makers in their everyday work, helping the reader to understand the importance of good governance and sound policy frameworks in any successful sport organization. Introducing core managerial functions and surveying every sector of contemporary sport from school and community sport to professional leagues and international mega-events, this edition includes brand new chapters focused on diversity, equity and inclusion; on esports; and on governance in times of crisis, covering issues such as COVID-19, climate change, scandal and security risks. 

Helping readers to see the big picture across the contemporary sport industry, at all levels, and to find their place in it as future sport managers, this is an essential textbook for all courses on sport governance, sport policy or sport development. 

The book is accompanied by a suite of useful ancillary materials, including an instructors’ guide, test bank and PowerPoint slides.

Table of Contents

1    Introduction to Sport Governance

2    Managerial Functions Related to Governance

3    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Sport Governance

4    Ethics in Sport Organizations

5    Scholastic Sport

6    Amateur Sport in the Community

7    Campus Recreation

8    Intercollegiate Athletics

9    The Major Games

10  Olympic Sport

11  Paralympic Sport

12  Professional Sport Leagues in North America

13  Professional Individual Sports

14  Professional Sport Leagues Beyond North America

15  Esports

16  Sport Governance in Times of Crisis

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Mary A. Hums is Professor of Sport Administration at the University of Louisville, USA. Her main research interest is policy development in sport organizations, especially in regard to inclusion of people with disabilities and also sport and human rights. She is also a member of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH), and the International Olympic Academy Participants Association (IOAPA). She was named a Zeigler Lecturer, NASSM’s most prestigious academic honor. 

Yannick Kluch is Assistant Professor and Director of Inclusive Excellence in the Center for Sport Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research and consulting work is focused on utilizing sport as a vehicle for social change as well as on eliminating barriers to social justice. Specifically, his areas of expertise include socio-cultural studies of sport; athlete activism; inclusive sport policy; human rights; and equity, diversity, and inclusion in sport. In 2020, he was one of only four experts appointed to the inaugural Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. For more information, please visit his website at

Sam Schmidt is Assistant Professor of Sport Management at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UWL), USA. His research areas include athlete activism and sport and social movements, and his sport industry experience has primarily focused on facilities and game day operations and sports information. At UWL, Schmidt serves on the Committee for Academic Policies and Standards for the University, among various other service duties. He also serves as an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Amateur Sport

Joanne C. MacLean is President and Vice Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Canada. She also serves as Chair of the USports Board of Directors, the governance body for university sport in Canada. She served as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UFV from 2012 to 2018, prior to being selected as the institution’s first female President. From 2002 to 2012 she was a Professor of Sport Management at Brock University, where she held the positions of Department Chair and Interim Dean. She also has extensive experience in the administration, governance, and human resource management of university sport within Canada.