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The Business of Running
The Business of Running
Koen Breedveld Jeroen Scheerder
Introduction: Historical and recent developments

A focus on amateurship has always been one of the pillars of the sport system of the 20th century (Bottenburg, 2001; Breuer et al., 2015; Hallmann & Petry, 2013; Scheerder, Willem, et al., 2015). Sport was practiced in non-profit clubs managed by volunteers and organized under the umbrella of federations that were in turn governed by boards of volunteers. This model holds true even for the biggest sport organizations in the world, among which is the International Olympic Committee (see Case Study 5.1 on pages 66–7).

Thus, non-profit organizations like federations and clubs play a central role in the organization of ...

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