Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Juventus: Business or Entertainment?
The Times Online, August 28th, 2006 4:15PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Gabriele Marcotti of The Sunday Times argues that Juventus' appeal to Italian civil court could be the final straw that forces open a serious issue that needs fleshing out in the global business of soccer. Is the game more a business, subject to all the laws of civil society, or is it more an entertainment that should governed on a smaller scale in and of itself? For those that don't know, soccer law is currently managed in the latter way, a consortium of independent clubs bound together by national soccer associations that are in turn bound together by FIFA, soccer's world governing body. The case of Juventus, however, forces us to reexamine the way we perceive the game. If Juventus is a publicly traded company on the Italian stock market, isn't it also a business? And if it is a business, shouldn't its shareholders' interests be protected under civil law? FIFA is clear that it and nobody else should govern the sport. In fact, only recently, FIFA threatened to suspend reigning European champion Greece from international competitions after the Greek government refused to pass a law ensuring that soccer matters could only be decided by the Greek soccer federation (which answers to FIFA) and not the Greek government. The Greeks quickly relented, of course, once they were faced with the prospect of a ban from international competitions. But the case of Juventus is far trickier. Surely, FIFA won't resort to kicking world champion Italy out of Euro 2008 qualifying, right? But something else will need to be done. Having exhausted the country's sporting appeals process, Juventus has now turned to the civil courts, asking them to reinstate them to Serie A and recoup some $160 million in damages. If Juve were to win its appeal, what happen? For one thing, the Italian FA would be bankrupt, but then the club would later be dropped from all competitions by FIFA. But Marcotti says, in the business world at least, Juve has a strong case. What we in the entertainment world might call match-fixing, they call "lobbying," and it's no different than that political sport of sports our politicians play so well (and so legally) here in The U.S. No money changed hands, there is no outright evidence of bribery, and no evidence that anyone acted on Luciano Moggi's requests. The club argues that it acted as a business. So what if FIFA's laws are at odds with what soccer has become? Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Raul to Join Cosmos This Week     
Former Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez on Tuesday reached an agreement to play for New York ...
Platini: Ballon d'Or Should Not Go to Ronaldo, Messi     
UEFA President Michel Platini believes the 2014 Ballon d'Or should not go to either Cristiano Ronaldo ...
Real's Bale, Ramos Miss Liverpool Clash    
Gareth Bale, Real Madrid's world record signing, and vice-captain Sergio Ramos are both out of Wednesday's ...
Ronaldo, Messi Could Break UCL Record This Week     
The world's two best players will have a chance to break Raul's UEFA Champions League goal ...
Report: Drones Pose a Problem for Sports Authorities     
The Associated Press reports that authorities around the globe are just starting to understand the threat ...
Neville: United Will Struggle Against Chelsea     
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville thinks his former team Manchester United will struggle to deal with ...
LVG: United Can Still Win the League    
Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United can still win the Premier League title despite being 10 ...
Florida star Jordan exceeds expectations    
Savannah Jordan was the 2013 Soccer America Freshman of the Year and played for the USA ...
Reports: Bale to Miss Crucial Week for Real     
According to reports on Monday, Gareth Bale will miss a crucial week for Real Madrid after ...
Injured Lampard to Miss City's Trip to CSKA    
Frank Lampard was carried off on a stretcher as Manchester City beat Tottenham 4-1 at the ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives