The business of football
The business of football

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The business of football

Final thoughts

In this week we have started to give you some insight into the business of football and you have explored ways in which it is different from other businesses.

You started by examining some of the ways that the business and context of football in the English leagues differ from those of more conventional businesses. You learnt about a number of factors including:

  • the different nature of competition
  • high levels of brand loyalty
  • clubs often running at a loss
  • the emotional commitment to football.

You then looked at the way football is organised in Germany and how this differs from the English system. Differences included:

  • fans have more say in what happens in the clubs
  • there is tighter control on spending
  • clubs focus more on marketing for their revenue
  • there appears to be more long-term thinking.

Next, you learned about using the STEEP model to explore some of the external factors that might affect a business. You applied this to the football business.

You listened to an interview with John Cove, Chief Executive of MK Dons who described how clubs are structured and the associated businesses that sit alongside them. Using stakeholder analysis power and interest mapping you explored the different ways in which groups or individuals might influence the decisions taken at club level.

Next week you will begin to explore motivation and look at the different reasons people have for coming to work.

Just as a reminder, if you like you can finish off this week by posting in the course forum [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   any thoughts you have about subjects discussed so far.


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