Sports economics is a well-established and dynamic area of study; a key component in the fields of sport management, sport science and sport studies, as well as in other areas of economics, finance and management. Covering amateur to professional sports, individual events and organised tournaments, this Handbook provides an authoritative contribution to the understanding of sport in the economy. The editors of The SAGE Handbook of Sports Economics have brought together a global team of respected scholars to create this benchmark collection of insights into sports economics. Each chapter includes a study of a specific context in which issues arise in sports economics, a critical presentation of its main theoretical contributions, an overview of current research findings, and an outline of enquiry for future research. PART I: The Nature and Value of the Sports System and Economy; PART II: Amateur Sports Participation, Supply and Impact; PART III: Professional Team Sports; PART IV: Professional Sports Leagues; PART V: Sports Events and their Impacts; PART VI: Individual Sports; and PART VII: Future Research.

Sport and Social Capital Formation

Sport and Social Capital Formation

Sport and social capital formation
Tim Pawlowski Ute Schüttoff


Although not central to his analysis, one of the most influential scholars in social science who conceptualized the term ‘social capital’ suggests that sport might offer the opportunity to generate social capital (Putnam, 2000). In this regard, sport is considered to be a platform for people to meet, to enjoy being together and thus to create social networks. It is assumed by Putnam that structured activities like participation in sports clubs leads to an increase in social cohesion and strengthens communities and therefore might justify the public funding of sport or sports clubs. In addition, sports clubs are often described as a venue to ...

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