Session 3

Competition Design and Regulation

28 January – 1 February 2019

Illustrate the range of contrasting regulatory systems employed by different sports to organise successful sporting competitions, outlining their respective strengths and weaknesses in the context of sports’ “special” economic framework by assessing:

  • The role of sports governing bodies/competition organisers in the achievement of competitive balance/uncertainty of outcome in competitions and the maintenance of financial stability through coordination, redistribution and regulatory mechanisms;
  • The specific role of licensing/financial fair play systems in ensuring economic stability in a professional sport;
  • The importance of the effective regulation of sports labour markets for the maintenance of healthy sporting competition and the sporting pyramid system;
  • The implications of different club ownership structures with regard to organisational behaviour, i.e. privately owned clubs (Chelsea FC) v listed companies (AS Roma) v cooperatively owned clubs (FC Barcelona).

Sean Hamil
Director, Birkbeck Sport Business Centre – London
MESGO Session Director

“A major responsibility of every organisation in the sport system is to play its part in the effective design and implementation of successful competitions. A key objective of the MESGO curriculum is to expose programme participants to the absolute best practice in competition organisation, with speakers and case studies from the world’s most successful tournaments and leagues. MESGO is about learning from the best in competition design.”