The SAGE Handbook of Sport Management draws together the best current research on the major topics relevant to the field of sports management, including leadership, gender, diversity, development, policy, tourism, and media. Edited by two of the most respected figures in the field, the handbook includes contributions from leading sport management academics from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, the UK and Europe. The key themes and debates of sport management are organized across three sections: sport management fundamentals and key concepts sport management challenges and issues sport management futures.

Industrial Relations in Sport

Industrial Relations in Sport

Industrial Relations in Sport
Daniel S. Mason

The relationship between management and labor in professional sport is unique to the industry. Although collective bargaining did not play a key role until the 1970s (Staudohar, 1996), since that time sports leagues have seen work stoppages – strikes and lockouts – that have profoundly impacted the industry. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the process of collective bargaining and the various issues associated with it. A focus will be on North American leagues, although many of the basic concepts are germane to other leagues in other regions of the world.

To start, it is important to acknowledge some key characteristics of the professional sport product, how it is produced and, ...

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