1st Edition

Sport in the Iberian Peninsula Management, Economics and Policy

    296 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is the first book in English to offer an overview of the development of the sport industry in Spain and Portugal, examining the social, economic, cultural, and political impact sport has had in this region and on world sport more broadly. 

    Drawing on sources in Spanish and Portuguese, the book presents important new perspectives and empirical material not previously available to English-speaking audiences. With a strong focus on management, development, economics, governance and law, set in a broader historical and socio-cultural context, the book explains the unique characteristics of the sport industry in the Iberian Peninsula. It takes a deep dive into Spanish and Portuguese football - in many ways the centre of gravity of Iberian sport – and into sport tourism, a hugely significant component of the broader economy of the region. The book also considers important emerging themes in Iberian sport, from the development of women’s sport to the global profile of Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal, and considers the wider influence of Iberian sport across the wider Hispanic diaspora. 

    This is fascinating and illuminating reading for anybody with an interest in sport business and management, global sporting cultures, international business, or Hispanic or Latin American studies.

    1          Sport in the Iberian Peninsula: An Introduction

                Jerónimo García-Fernández, Moisés Grimaldi-Puyana and Gonzalo A. Bravo 

    2          Socio-Cultural and Historical Background of Sport in Spain and Portugal

                David Moscoso-Sánchez, Francisco Pinheiro and Xavier Pujadas 

    3          European Union and Sport: Economy, Public Policy, and Legislation

                Pilar Aparicio-Chueca, Amal Elasri-Ejjaberi, Xavier Triadó-Ivern and Marc Blanch Casadesús 

    4          The Sport Systems in Spain and Portugal

                Maria José Carvalho, María Josefa García and Marisa Sousa 

    5          The Legal Framework of the Sports Industry in Spain and Portugal

                Vicente Javaloyes Sanchis and Ricardo Fernandes Cardoso 

    6          Public Policies and Sport Participation in Spain and Portugal

                Fernando Lera-López, Antonio G. Gómez-Plana and António de Araújo Barros Maia 

    7          From Buildings and Equipment to “Spaces” for Sports in Spain

                Juan Manuel Murua 

    8          Sports Gambling in Spain

                Plácido Rodríguez and Levi Pérez 

    9          The Iberian Fitness Industry: Experiences from Portugal and Spain

                Pablo Gálvez-Ruiz, Jerónimo García-Fernández, Celina Gonçalves and Virginia Alcaraz-Rodríguez 

    10        Economic and Social Effects of Sporting Events and Organisations in Spain and the Iberian Peninsula

                Ferran Calabuig, David Parra Camacho and Josep Crespo Hervás 

    11        Sports Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship in the Iberian Peninsula: A Bibliometric Analysis

                Alejandro Lara-Bocanegra, Paloma Escamilla-Fajardo, María Huertas González-Serrano, M. Rocío

               and Moisés Grimaldi-Puyana

    12        The Spanish Football League and the Foreign Players

                Gabriel Chaves, Jaume García, Daniel Ortín and Federico Todeschini 

    13        The Portuguese Football League ‘Liga Portugal’

                Thiago Santos, Pedro Fatela, Luís Vilar and Bernardo Gonçalves 

    14        La Roja, Real Madrid and Barça: A Historic Perspective

                Carles Murillo and Francisco Puig 

    15        Spanish Women’s Leagues and the Push Towards Professionalisation

                José Manuel Sánchez-Santos and Mary Elena Sánchez-Gabarre 

    16        La Vuelta: Impact on Local Communities

                José Miguel Vegara-Ferri, José María López-Gullón, Arturo Díaz-Suárez and Salvador Angosto 

    17        Traditional Games and Sports of the Iberian Peninsula as Tourist Attractions

                Gonzalo Ramírez-Macías, Augusto Rembrandt Rodríguez-Sánchez and Mª José Lasaga-Rodríguez 

    18        Nautical Sports in Spain

                Israel Caraballo Vidal and José V. Gutierrez Manzanedo 

    19        Global Brands from the Iberian Peninsula: Nadal, Gasol, Cristiano, and Mourinho

                Leonor Gallardo and Jorge García-Unanue 

    20        Sport Governance in Portugal

                Luiz Haas and Tiago Ribeiro 

    21        Evaluating the Performance of Spanish Sport Federations: A Multiple Goal Approach

                Patricio Sánchez-Fernández, Luis Carlos Sánchez and Angel Barajas


    Jerónimo García-Fernández is Associate Professor in sports science in the department of physical education and sport at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. His research focuses on the management of fitness centers, customer loyalty, consumer perception, digital transformation, customer satisfaction, and analysis of professional profiles linked to the sport and fitness sector. In 2016, he was the President of the Ibero-American Congress on Sports Economics that took place in Spain, and in 2020 and 2021 was the President of the International Conference on Technology in Physical Activity and Sport. He is the CRDO (Chief Research and Development Officer) of Fitbe Spin-off, a university startup focused on consumer management in fitness centers. 

    Moisés Grimaldi-Puyana is Associate Professor in sports science in the department of physical education and sport at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. His research examines the management of sport organizations, and particularly the perceived satisfaction and customer loyalty of clients in sport organizations. Moreover, he has studied the management and recreation of sport organizations, and conducted professional profiles linked to the sports sector. He has led multiple projects related to sport with agencies in both the public and private sectors. Many of these projects have focused on the transfer of researcher findings to the needs of these sports organizations. 

    Gonzalo A. Bravo is Associate Professor of sport management in the College of Applied Human Sciences at West Virginia University, USA. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in sport governance, international sport, research methods, and socio-cultural and ethical dimensions of sport. His research examines issues on organizational behavior, and the policy and governance of sport. He has given more than 100 presentations in sport management and sport sociology at conferences hosted all over the world, and been invited to give keynote addresses in universities in Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Macao, Japan, Korea, Mexico, United States, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.