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The Economics of Football and the Curious Case of Club Governance

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The present post diverts slightly from its usual reference to specific issues of sports law and refers its readers to more generalised concepts of football governance, by focusing on club policy and decision making, regarding  player recruitment/evaluation. Inevitably, the analysis draws on the importance of the doctrine of commodification and considers how such doctrine affects the internal relationships in a club, as well as the club's relationship with its fans and supporters.

Hyperandrogenism Regulations in Track and Field: Pride & Prejudice or Discrimination in Disguise?

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It was in 2009 when I first had to deal with a matter that touched upon gender verification in sport. I advised the South African track and field federation on the matter of Caster Semenya and I was acquainted with the sensitive and complicated details of this developing area of the sports law discipline. Although the confidential information  of the case could not be made available to the public, a summary of my arguments on the matter were published back in 2009 http://www.cecileparkmedia.com/world-sports-advocate/article_template.asp?Contents=Yes&from=wslr&ID=1172

The Case for Banning Greek Football

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The efficacy of football governance in Greece has been put into question many times in the past. It is not a new phenomenon for Greek self-regulation and state involvement and, those close to affairs in Greece, know very well that the root of the problem goes deeper, with socio-political aspects forming the basis for every analysis. The latest events, however, in Thessaloniki http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/greek-super-league-suspended-paok-president-ivan-savvidis-gun-invade-pitch-a8252161.html (not Salonica as Media call it), indicate not only the degree of the problem, but, more importantly, the numbness surrounding the Greek authorities.

The Fiduciary Duty of Football Intermediaries and the Conflict it Creates

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It is more often than not that Media around the world feel obliged to publicise stories involving professionals (a term that may not be applicable to all of those concerned) who have been assigned to promote, safeguard and maximise the employment and commercial opportunities of their football clients. 
Such stories tend to focus on the ability of such professionals to make a quick profit for little work involved. Indeed, I suggested in a previous post https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141113135420-55498583-football-agents-tapping-up-business-as-usual/ that football and its commodification and enormous commercial value have created the basis upon which quick deals could be established and millions of pounds could be exchanged between parties. I also argued, in such post, that the purposeful and efficient application of the regulatory framework could ensure the elimination of  illegal and immoral activities such as 'tapping up.'