Edited by: Sean Hamil, Jonathan Michie, Christine Oughton and Steven Warby
Preface and acknowledgements
- Whose game is it anyway?
Sean Hamil, Jonathan Michie, Christine Oughton and Steven Warby
Part I Another Fine Mess
- Football finances: too much money?
- Reforming football’s boardrooms
Tom Cannon and Sean Hamil
- The players’ perspective
- Why football needs a regulator
Part II Implications of the BSkyB/Manchester United case
- The attempted takeover of Manchester United by BSkyB
- The MMC’s inquiry into BSkyB’s merger with Manchester United plc
- Sneaking in through the back door? Media company interests and dual ownership of clubs
Part III The new commercialism and PLCs
- The changing face of football: a case for national regulation?
- Tomorrow’s football club: an inclusive approach to governance
- Football, fans and fat cats: whose football club is it anyway?
Part IV International Developments
- International developments and European clubs
- Sport and the law: the influence of European Union competition policy on the traditional league structures of European football
- Commercialisation and fan participation in Germany
- The struggle for democracy at FC Barcelona and the case for a European independent regulator of professional football
Part V Financing and accounting for clubs
- The financial performance of football stocks
- Playing in a different league
- Football club balance-sheets: fact or fantasy?
- Business management issues
- Achieving best practice
Part VI the Restrictive Practices Court case and league balance
- The Restrictive Practices Court case, broadcasting revenues and league balance
- Football rights and competition in broadcasting
- Hearts, minds and the Restrictive Practices Court case
- The Restrictive Practices Court case: implications for the Football League
Part VII Nurturing the grass-roots: local clubs and community involvement
- Partners for progress
Tom Pendry MP
- Kick Racism out of Football
- The future of football: safe in whose hands?
Tony Clarke MP
- The Football Task Force and the grass-roots
Part VIII The Football Task Force
- The Task Force and the future regulation of football
- Facing football’s future: the Task Force and beyond
- The Football Task Force: a Premier League view
- The Football Task Force and the ‘regulator debate’
Part IX Do we need an OFFOOT?
- Why football needs an independent regulator
Gerry Sutcliffe MP
- Uniting the fans
- Self-regulation or regulation?
- Notes on the contributors