1st Edition

Sport Management: The Basics

ISBN 9781138791176
Published October 5, 2015 by Routledge
196 Pages

USD $38.95

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Book Description

Sport Management: The Basics is an engaging and accessible introduction to sport management which considers a range of contemporary philosophical, social, cultural and political matters as they impact on this growing field. Drawing links between academic theory and practice, it explores the current challenges facing managers in the sport industry, addressing topics including:

  • the history of sport management
  • the role of the manager
  • levels of management
  • the public, private and voluntary sectors
  • sport management in the global marketplace

With suggestions for further reading throughout the text, a comprehensive chapter on employment and employability, and case studies which explore both theory and practice, Sport Management: The Basics offers a clear and concise introduction for anyone seeking to study or work in sport management.

Table of Contents

1. Defining Sport, Management and Sport Management  2. The History of Sport Management  3. Organisational theory and the functions, skills and roles of management  4. The business functions of sport management  5. The Levels of Management  6. The Sport Industry and the Basis of Provision  7. The Sport Industry and the Basis of Demand  8. Employment & Employability in Sport

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Rob Wilson is Principal Lecturer in Sport Business Management at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has delivered sport management-related courses since 2002 and his subject specialisms are financial reporting, management accounting and economic decision making in the sport industry. He is the author of Managing Sport Finance, the co-author of Finance for Sport and Leisure Managers: An introduction and has published a number of chapters in sport management text books. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a recognised expert in learning and teaching in higher education.

Mark Piekarz is Senior Lecturer in Sport Management at the University of Worcester, UK. He has more than 25 years of experience in the sport management and adventure sport sectors. Before beginning his teaching work in Higher Education he worked for many years as a sport facility manager and community sport development officer. He has since taught at the Birmingham College of Food and Technology, UK, and Sheffield Hallam University,UK, before completing a PhD in the field of risk management. He has published work on a variety of subject areas, ranging from risk management, sport and rights, conflict zone tourism and operational management


‘Those interested in the sport management profession will appreciate the case studies and excellent examples, which not only artfully illustrate the theory and practice of sport administration but also offer genuine insights into the industry’s career and leadership opportunities. Summing Up: Recommended’ – S. R. Kahn, University of Cincinnati, CHOICE