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Sports Law and Policy in the European Union$
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Richard Parrish

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719066061

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719066061.001.0001

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The birth of EU sports law and policy

The birth of EU sports law and policy

(p.5) 1 The birth of EU sports law and policy
Sports Law and Policy in the European Union

Richard Parrish

Manchester University Press

The current legal interventions in sport balance the European Union (EU)'s regulatory and political policy interests in sport. EU sports law is a product of the EU's sports policy. The juridification of sport accelerated interest in the idea of sport and the law as an area of legal study. The EU emerged as the key new regulatory actor. The commercialisation of sport in Europe was an essential pre-requisite for international juridification. EU sports law was born out of the post-Bosman political discussions on the future of sport in the EU. The Single Market advocacy coalition pursues a regulatory policy interest in sport. Sport should be treated differently to other economic sectors before the law. The development of sports law is an approach favoured by both coalitions as it allows them to protect their fundamental belief systems.

Keywords:   sport, European Union, EU sports policy, EU sports law, Bosman, international juridification, Single Market advocacy coalition

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