Commercialization, Governance Problems, and the Future of European Football—Or Why the European Super League Is Not a Solution to the Challenges Facing Football

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  • 1 University of Copenhagen
  • | 2 Danish Institute for Sport Studies and NTNU Business School
  • | 3 University College of Northern Denmark
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Recently, 12 European football clubs launched the idea of creating the European Super League. After massive protests from fans, the Union of European Football Associations, politicians, coaches, and players, the initiative was stopped. In this commentary, the authors reflect on some of the problems facing football and argue that the creation of a European Super League is not a solution to the challenges. However, European football does face problems that require actions, and thus the authors provide some suggestions to progress.

Wagner is with the Dept. of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Storm is with the Danish Institute for Sport Studies and NTNU Business School, Trondheim, Norway. Cortsen is with the Dept. of Sport Management & Experience Industry, University College of Northern Denmark, Aalborg, Denmark.

Wagner (uw@nexs.ku.dk) is corresponding author.
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