Regulating Football

Regulating Football : Commodification, Consumption and the Law

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Football in Europe has undergone massive changes over the last decade. Regulating Football gets behind the headlines to look at the impact of ever increasing commercialisation and the commodification of football.

The essence of the book is football as it is played, refereed, managed, bought, sold and consumed: the authors capture the life and action of the game as seen from the perspective of the numerous participants and place these experiences within a sociological, economic and legal context which reflects the increasing commodification of the sport.

Exploring the ways in which the game is regulated, the authors question whether we have reached the point where commercial issues have superseded the club - and even the game of football itself. The role of players, agents, officials, governing bodies, and the media are all explored. The authors pay attention to levels of violence and racism both on and off the field in both the professional and amateur forms of the game.
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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 136.7 x 217.9 x 16.5mm | 393.14g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745310265
  • 9780745310268

About Steve Greenfield

Steve Greenfield is Deputy Head of Westminister Law School. He is a founding editor of the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal (ESLJ) and has written a number of books on law and popular culture including Law and Sport in Contemporary Society (2000) and Readings in Law and Popular Culture (2005) Guy Osborn is Professor in the Westminster Law School at the University of Westminster, and formerly an adjunct Professor at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He is Co-Director of the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture, editor of the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal and of the Routledge Book series Studies in Law, Society and Popular Culture.
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Table of contents

1. The Context and Development of Regulation

2. From Community Bulwark to Global Domination: The Football Club in Transition

3. Players, Power and Contracts

4. Men Behaving Badly: The Regulation of Conduct

5. Policing Racist Conduct

6. Totalled Football: Will Soccer Consume itself?


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