Football supporters and the commercialisation of football: comparative responses across Europe

Peter Kennedy, David Kennedy

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Abstract

European football market finances appear to be in very good health and impervious to the current Euro-wide financial crises. Yet beneath the apparent financial buoyancy a different story emerges, one of fan exploitation, spiraling debt and the threat of bankruptcy hanging over many clubs. In this introduction to the special issue we chart what is effectively a political economy of debt underpinning the European football market and threatening to bring professional football in Europe into disrepute. Against this backdrop the paper considers the impact financial exuberance and systemic debt has had on fans’ identification with clubs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-340
Number of pages14
JournalSoccer and Society
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • European football market
  • sports management

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