Call for Papers | “The Impact of Global Economic Downturn on Sport Management” | Special Issue of Journal of Global Sport Management. Call ends September 30, 2019

The global financial crisis of 2008, which was followed by sovereign debt crises in the Eurozone and huge retrenchment of public spending in many countries, including the UK, has been the subject of much public and political discussion. One of the key themes to emerge in polity is the absence of real change in the political economy of many of the liberal market economies affected. The hallmarks of pre-crash capitalism – globalisation, financialisation, growing trade and capital account imbalances, the development of new technologies, rising inequality – continue to characterise the contemporary dynamics of advanced economies. Nevertheless, more latent political effects of the crisis – most notably in the rise of populism in across both advanced and emerging economies – suggest the most profound impact may be yet to come.

While global in scope, the impact of the financial crisis impacted different regions and countries unevenly/asymmetrically. In Europe, Italy, Spain and Ireland were some of the most negatively affected countries as demand for housing sharply fell and banks collapsed. Falling tax revenues and increased government spending, whether on bank bailouts or in response to rising unemployment (across a number of European countries), created increasing government deficits. As a result, some countries were given punitive austerity policies (i.e. Greece) and others voluntarily adopted them (i.e. the United Kingdom). This ultimately involved large cuts to public expenditure. These large-scale cuts resulted in public sector reforms and created a range of intended and unintended consequences.

The global economic downturn has resulted in changes to public funding that has had subsequent impacts upon the management of sport. This extends from grassroots to elite contexts and has had consequences on public, private and non-profit contexts. In many contexts sport has been asked to deliver higher quality (or more) whilst under fiscal constraint.

To what extent has this economic downturn reshaped the governance and management of sport? Did the financial crisis represent a critical juncture for sport? The intention of this special issue is to attract papers that shed new light on the impact of the economic downturn on sport in order to analyse the patterns of change and continuity in the management of sport in the post-2008 era.

The economic downturn and subsequent government policy reactions is arguably one of the biggest challenges facing sport and our discipline. We encourage papers that address the issue, including those from a comparative perspective, in order to illuminate the similarities and differences in sport management in its global context. Moreover, we hope to attract new theoretical findings, alongside practitioner-focused strategies undertaken to navigate the challenges for sport and specifically sport management as a result of the global economic downturn. This area of research is very much in its infancy, as such there is huge scope for attend to gaps in the literature through original, rigorous and impactful contributions.

Research Directions

Papers of all methodological approaches (incl. conceptual papers) that advance research and practice will be considered for publication. Inter-disciplinary research is encouraged.

All empirical research areas of interest related to sport management changes related to the economic downturn will be considered for publication including (but are not restricted to): management, governance, policy, media and communication, sport development, human resources, events, tourism, marketing, legal, economics, society, etc.

Submission guidelines

Papers of a maximum of 6,000 words excluding bibliography should identify the critical ethical issues that arise in the topic under discussion and explore how policy and/or practice might be derived from sound ethical judgments.

Papers that are co-written by academics and practitioners are especially welcome, but it is not a requirement.

Submissions should be made via the journal’s ScholarOne online submission system: Here.

Authors should indicate in their cover letter and in the ScholarOne online submission system that the submission is to be considered for the Special Issue on “Economic downturn and Sport Management.”

Any questions or to submit abstracts for feedback – please contact the guest editor at

Contributors to send abstract submission to guest editors for feedback: September 30th 2019

Submission of full articles for peer review: February 20th 2020

For further information, please read the full instructions for authors: Here.

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