The Media and Sports Corruption: An Outline of Sociological Understanding

in International Journal of Sport Communication

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Dino NumeratoBocconi University, Italy

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This article focuses on the role of the media in the processes of diffusion, maintenance, and undermining of corruption in sports, particularly soccer. Drawing chiefly on various illustrative examples of several recent cases of corruption and the existing academic literature on the topic, the article demonstrates how the media function as both an enemy and a facilitator of corruption in sports. Both micro- and macrosocial analytical dimensions for potential future research on the relationship between the media and corruption are proposed and discussed.

The author is with the Dept. of Institutional Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.

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