ANNALS OF APPLIED SPORT SCIENCE–Special Issue
First National Congress of
"New Scientific Consequence for Iran’s Sport Development" Lahijan Branch, Islamic Azad University, 2014, 10-11 December
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ISSN (Online): 2322 – 4479
Privatization of Football Clubs in Iran:
Challenges and Barriers
1Hassan Gharehkhani∗, 1Jabar Seifpanahi Shabani
1. Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran.
Over the last century football has constituted itself as the world’s game (1). Football has become an emerging international business with an institutionalized community of organizational actors that establish, maintain and transform the rules of the business across nations and boundaries (2). Despite a decade of privatization football clubs in developing countries, the vast majority of Iranian football clubs continue to be in government hands. No studies have analyzed football clubs privatization till now. An understanding of the football clubs privatization problems can assist the privatization process in football clubs and other sport clubs too.
Literature review has shown that football clubs privatization encounter with some challenges and barriers .Challenge refers to serious statue that we can’t ignore it , if manage it will be opportunity ,otherwise it can be threat . Barriers refers to factors, that located between desired future and existing situation, so we must surmount them for attaching our goals.
The purpose of this study was to identify and interpret the football clubs privatization challenges and barriers to answer this question, why has Iran been pussyfooting on privatization of football clubs?
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