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Global Sport Leaders

A Biographical Analysis of International Sport Management

  • Emmanuel Bayle
  • Patrick Clastres

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Patrick Clastres, Emmanuel Bayle
    Pages 1-30
  3. Founding Ideologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-32
    2. Philippe Vonnard, Grégory Quin
      Pages 83-106
  4. 11970–1980s: The “Dassler Revolution”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-126
    2. Philippe Vonnard, Nicola Sbetti
      Pages 127-151
    3. Milena M. Parent, Benoît Séguin
      Pages 217-239
  5. 1990s–2000s: Commercialisation, Professionalization and Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-242
    2. Josephine Clausen, Emmanuel Bayle
      Pages 243-271
    3. Roger Vanmeerbeek, Thierry Zintz
      Pages 273-300
    4. Sandro Arcioni, Emmanuel Bayle, Hervé Rayner
      Pages 301-335
    5. Claude Boli
      Pages 337-358
  6. The Fall of the IFs and IOC or a New Sporting Governance?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-361

About this book


This book analyses the careers, governance and management practices of some of the institutional sports leaders who have had the greatest impact on global sport in the 120 years since Baron Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games. Through their positions in major sports organisations, their influence, the examples they set, their successes and failures, and their ability to bring about change, these notable individuals controlled and continue to control the development of Olympic and international sport. 

The portraits included within this collection provide a critical analysis of these leaders’ careers by examining sports management from a biographical perspective, and allowing readers to understand the challenges and obstacles faced by international sport’s top administrators. The contributors explore the interactions between these leaders’ career paths and their strategies, both within their organisations and in the overall sporting context. Global Sport Leaders will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including sports management, sociology, politics, history and international relations. 


Event studies Sport governance Sport scandals Corruption in sport Sport administration History of sport

Editors and affiliations

  • Emmanuel Bayle
    • 1
  • Patrick Clastres
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut des Sciences du SportUniversité de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institut des Sciences du SportUniversité de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

About the editors

Emmanuel Bayle is Professor of Sports Management at the Institute of Sport Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has published numerous titles in the field of sports management, CSR and the management of non-profit organisations. 

Patrick Clastres is Professor of Sports History at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. His research interests include cultural and political contemporary history, Olympic studies and international sport federations. 

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