Public interest versus private property rights Ownership structures of public-interest organisations

Outline

For several years, research in the economics of sport has been embroiled in an intense debate: who owns football? To date, no efforts have been made, however, to examine insights into the ownership structures and property rights of football clubs in the context of broader business aspects. Such efforts would facilitate an analysis of a) the interests and roles of other stakeholder groups (stakeholder theory) and b) influences of society-specific institutional systems that shape national ownership regimes and structures in the context of public interests.

Based on the issue of competitive balance, the project sets out to examine how increasing marketisation, internationalisation and professionalisation have led to a rise in private ownership in football and to investigate the societal impact of that development.

Project activities

Publications

  • Bozkurt, Ö./Geppert, M. (eds.) (2021): A Research Agenda for International Business and Management, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
  • Geppert, M./Bozkurt, Ö (2021): “A Research Agenda for International Business and Management: The promises and prospects of thinking outside the box”, In: Ö. Bozkurt and M. Geppert (eds.): A Research Agenda for International Business and Management, 1-20.

Events

  • Internationaler Paper Development Workshop (PDW) “Conflict over private property in professional football”, with contributions from Christoph Breuer (Köln), Andrea Dietl (Jena), Mike Geppert (Jena), Jan Goldenstein (Jena) and David Webber (Southampton) and contributions to the discussion by Andreas Hilger (Regensburg) and Thomas Steger (Regensburg), an University of Regensburg (16.-17.11.2023).

Lectures/Interviews

  • “Einfluss privater Investitionen im europäischen Profifußball und daraus resultierende Konflikte”, lecture by Mike Geppert at „Online-Talk Fußball“ of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (23.11.2023). 
  •  “Die Super League kann jederzeit kommen”, Interview on ownership structures in football with Mike Geppert in the Börsenzeitung (30.06.2022).

  • “Fußball-System unter Druck – wie Jenaer Forscher Investorenmodelle untersuchen wollen”, Interview with Mike Geppert on MDR (23.08.2021).

  • “Fußball ist wie Wasser”, Interview on ownership structures in professional football with Mike Geppert in the Thüringer Allgemeine newspaper (03.07.2021).

  • “Wem gehört der Fußball”, lecture by Mike Geppert at Panel discussion on the topic „Who owns football“ of the Center for Research in Sports Administration (CRSA) at University of Zurich (09.06.2021).

Project Staff