The Geopolitical Economy of Sport
Power, Politics, Money and the State
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This is the first book to define and explore the geopolitical economy of sport – the intersection of power, politics, money and state interests that both exploit and shape elite sport around the world.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the global response and the consequent ramifications for sport have put the geopolitical economy of sport front and centre in both public debate and academic thinking. Similarly, the Winter Olympics in Beijing and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar illustrate the political, economic and geographic imperatives that shape modern sport. This book brings together case studies from around the world to describe this new geopolitical economy of sport, from the way in which countries use natural resource revenues, accusations of sport washing, the deployment of sport for soft power purposes, to the way in which sport has become a focus for industrial development. From the Gulf States’ interests in European soccer to Israel seeking to build a national competitive advantage by positioning itself as a global sports tech start-up hub, and the United States continuing to extend its economic and cultural influence through geopolitical sport activities in Africa, Latin America, and the Indian subcontinent. This book captures a pivotal moment in the history of sport and sport business.
This is essential reading for any student, researcher, practitioner or policy maker with an interest in sport business, the politics of sport, geopolitics, soft power, diplomacy, international relations or international political economy.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Towards a Geopolitical Economy of Sport
Simon Chadwick, Paul Widdop, and Michael M. Goldman
Part I: Russia and Ukraine
2 Athletes’ Early Responses to the War Against Ukraine
3 Sport Sanctions Against Invasive Russia
4 What Future for Putin's Sport Power?
5 Governance Dysfunction in World Sport: Issues Raised by the Conflict in Ukraine
6 Public Remembering of Sochi 2014 at a Time of War: The Kremlin’s Soft Disempowerment through Sport
7 Transnational Leagues and Their Role in Projecting Soft Power
Oliver Jarosz, Konstantin Kornakov, and Adam Metelski
Part II: China
8 The International Paralympic Committee, Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games and the Invasion of the Ukraine
9 Israel’s Winter Sports Diplomacy and Beijing 2022
10 The Global Sporting Power Elite: Eileen Gu
Donna Wong and Yue Meng-Lewis
11 China's Moves to Influence the Geopolitical Economy of Sports: The Three Axe Strokes
Lingling Liu and Dan Zhang
12 Making of (not only) a Sports Superpower: The Chinese Dream
13 Chinese Super League: Soft Power, Investment and Sustainability
Ricardo Gúdel and Emilio Hernández
14 Doing Sports Business in China: Still a Slam Dunk?
Jonathan Sullivan and Tobias Ross
Part III: The Gulf and South Asia
15 Qatar and the 2022 FIFA World Cup: Soft Power, State Branding, or Nation Building?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
16 Geopolitics of Sport in the MENA Region
Mahfoud Amara and Sara Mehanna Al-Naimi
17 Sport and Saudi Arabia: Mimetic Isomorphism, Soft Power, and Disempowerment
Nick Burton and Michael L. Naraine
18 Sport Washing and the Gulf Region: Myth or Reality?
Simon Chadwick and Paul Widdop
19 Geopolitics of Cricket in India
Part IV: Africa
20 Africa in the global Football Business Complex
21 The NBA’s Partnership with Rwanda
Michael M. Goldman and Jeffrey W. Paller
Part V: Football
22 The Politics of Alternative Football: Curious Friends
23 The Conjunctural Politics of the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup: United 2026
Adam S. Beissel
24 The Attempted Reshaping of the Turkish Football Landscape Under the AK Party: A Transaction Cost Economics Explanation
Steven H. Seggie
25 Football and the City: A Sports Place Branding Perspective of Barcelona and Manchester
Xavier Ginesta and Carles Viñas
26 The European Super League and Football’s Privatisation
Part VI: Motorsport
27 Sport Governance, Geopolitical Change, and Organizational Resilience: The Case of Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)
Hans Erik Næss
28 The Geopolitics of Money Versus Morals: Location, Location, Location of the Formula 1 Race Calendar
29 The End of Oil: Formula One’s Changing Face
Part VII: Peace, Diplomacy and Society
30 Sport, Geo-Politics and the Peace Process
31 Sports Diplomacy in the Pacific Region and the Sino-Australian Great Game
Stuart Murray and Tony Yang
32 Sports, Race, and Cosmopolitanism
33 Transgender Sport Bans Come for Elite Sport: Federations' New Attempt to Define Womanhood
Part VIII: Implications
34 What the Cases of Gazprom, the NBA & Qatar Mean for Sport Industry Decision Makers
Simon Chadwick and Paul Widdop
Simon Chadwick is Professor of Sport and Geopolitical Economy at Skema Business School in Paris, France, where he is also a member of its Publika think tank and Director of its Global Executive MBA in Sport. Chadwick’s work combines his global interests in sport, geography, politics, and economics, meaning that his current research is focused on, for example, sponsorship of football by state-owned corporations. He has worked extensively in sport with clubs, governing bodies, commercial partners and governments.
Paul Widdop is Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester, UK. His research explores social and economic networks on the consumption and production of sport. He has published widely in the areas of sport and culture including articles in the Journal of Consumer Culture, Cultural Sociology, Cultural Trends, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Political Marketing. Paul serves on the editorial board of several academic journals and is co-founder of the Football Collective, a learned society of academics researching impacts of football on society.
Michael M. Goldman is Professor with the Sport Management Program at the University of San Francisco, USA, while also working with the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa. He works with students, managers and clients to enhance their abilities to acquire, grow and retain profitable customers and fans.