Football Worlds: business and networks during COVID-19

Parnell, Daniel ORCID: 0000-0001-5593-0633, Bond, AJ, Widdop, P and Cockayne, Davie ORCID: 0000-0002-5473-6967
(2020) Football Worlds: business and networks during COVID-19. Soccer and Society.

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The structure of football can also be conceived as a form of ecosystem, or even a social world, constructed through a network of individuals, within a division of labour, that interact under a set of specific conventions. In this commentary we describe that socially constructed world – Football World. The nature of this structural world makes network theory an appealing framework to explore processes of the football ecosystem during COVID-19. While we focus on the English Premier League, notably this league is embedded within a European and international marketplace it offers relevance for the broader global football ecosystem. We proceed to explore this dynamic Football World by considering how the different collective forms – specifically fans, players and clubs – have been affected by COVID-19. We comment on the potential implications for the connective fabric of the broader network and what these observations mean for potential future research.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 08:42
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2021 03:11
DOI: 10.1080/14660970.2020.1782719
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