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  • 2017 FIFPro Global Employment Report
    FIFPro, Dec 2017
    Football has been deeply rooted in our societies predominantly and historically as a male-defined space. A long history of gendered power imbalances in the game across geographies has meant that access to opportunities and resources for women in football from the global to local has been hampered and inhibited. It has meant that there have been long periods when the football establishment disapproved of the women's game and women participating in the sport regularly confronted forms of exclusion, discrimination and injustice. The 41 pages of findings, a summary of a longer report by the University of Manchester, are based on a survey of 3,500 women footballers playing at an elite level. The report covers pay, tournament prize money, education, healthcare, discrimination and match fixing.
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  • Truth vs Truth - How Russian media handle the doping affair
    By Malcolm Dixelius, Irina Merkina, Signe Van Zundert, Nordic Journalist Centre, Dec 2017
    This report has been written in 2016-17. It analyses events that filled media in 2016 - the year of the Olympic Games in Rio, and the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) sponsored McLaren report confirming Russian State manipulation of the doping control process in relation to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. 2016 was the year that the Oxford Dictionary singled out ’post-truth’ as the Word of the Year. 2016 was also the year that Donald Trump was elected President of the US in a campaign where he continually lambasted journalists and the media, using social media as his platform rather than open press conferences. Unable to get to Trump, newspapers and TV stations tried to nail him by applying judicious fact-checking. But despite finding a multitude of inaccuracies and outright lies in the Trump’s speeches and presentations, traditional media seem to have made little impression on his supporters. They apparently share Trump’s mistrust of the “liberal media”.
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  • The IOC and Olympic bids from democracies and authoritarian regimes - A socioeconomic analysis and strategic insights
    By Thomas Könecke, Michiel de Nooij, Current Issues in Sport Science, Dec 2017
    In this socio-economic study, the bidding processes for the Winter Olympic Games in 2022 and the Summer Games in 2024 and 2028 serve as case studies to scrutinize the decisions linked to the bidding process in democratic countries and authoritarian states. Transaction cost economics is employed as a lens to outline the problems that the findings pose for the IOC and to understand why the organization has to keep a certain proximity to authoritarian states for strategic reasons. This measure can be considered an insurance policy because of the high and likely sunk ex ante transaction costs that characterize bids from democratic countries. It will become apparent that keeping good working relations with authoritarian governments helps the IOC to secure the future of its main revenue driver, the Olympic Games, thus providing for its own future.
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  • The Bidding Paradox: Why politicians Favor Hosting Mega Sports Events Despite the Bleak Economic Prospects
    By Michiel de Nooij, Marcel van den Berg, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Dec 2017
    Abstract: Politicians generally favor hosting mega sports events despite the discouraging evidence of financial benefits or direct economic gain. This paradox is surveyed from two different perspectives. First, we weighed the merits of the most prominent methods of economic analysis of mega sports events. Then, we discuss the ways in which politicians still manage to infer positive gains from hosting this type of event from the literature. Next, we look at a range of frequently intangible effects that could be used in the public debate before submitting a bid but that, paradoxically, rarely are. The most promising of these is making the people proud and happy. However, economists have so far been incapable of adequately valuing the effect of hosting a mega sport event based on happiness. Second, we analyzed the political process parallel to preparing a bid to understand why politicians are persistently keen to host, despite the bleak economic prospects.
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