The Business of Professional Football

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture


Arguably the most universal sport of all, football is the world's game. While fans often feel a sense of wonder and ownership towards the team they support, there is perceived to be an increasing distance between clubs and their supporters, and many clubs face financial difficulty.

Join sports journalist and best-selling author David Conn and management historians Kevin Tennent and Alex Gillett of the University of York – the Soccer-Mad Boffins – as they discuss the business of football. Find out more about why the relationship between football clubs and the communities in which they exist is so important.

Kevin and Alex explain why they believe the reason for the escalating issues in professional soccer stem from its unique logic that leads owners to invest ever-increasing amounts of money into their teams to chase the success that their fans demand. They argue that this, paradoxically, helps enlarge the gap between clubs and their supporters.
Period8 Jun 2019
Event titleYork Festival of Ideas
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • business, football, finance