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This course examines the global business of sport from the perspectives of its various stakeholders, managers, media, players and spectators. Using a series of case studies, the course traces the development and spread of global sport and the development of unique sporting cultures and institutions in many nations, particularly in the USA, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. It examines the transformation of amateur sport to professionalism and the bitter wars fought between owners, managers and players often played out in the courtroom and manifested by strikes and lockouts. It examines the phenomenon of the bidding for and the staging of mega events such as the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup; global sports politics; corruption and match fixing; the role of sports media; broadcast rights; sports marketing and intellectual property; violence on and off the field; athletes rights; athletes’ health and wellbeing; sports apparel and sweatshops; fans and spectators in the digital age; sports slavery and trafficking in Africa; drugs and doping and the World Anti-Doping Agency; international sports law and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Main Topics

The global business of sport and the intersection with the law

Comparative sports industrial relations

Dealing with corruption and match fixing

Sports slavery and trafficking

Athletes rights

Human rights

The politics of bidding for staging mega events

Media, broadcast rights and intellectual property



Faculty Faculty of Law
Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 3



Indicative contact hours


Course Outline

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Additional Information

This course is offered as General Education.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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