This chapter takes a brief look at sports leagues based outside of the United States as well as further introducing the reader to concepts of interaction related to leagues based in different countries. Many of the issues related to ownership and leagues discussed in Chapters 1, 2 and 5 are relevant here. In fact, apart from variations in scale, the broad concepts relating to the importance of issues such as centralized governance, revenue sharing, integrity, and agents are very similar. It is the unique product and delivery distinctions that must be examined in order to understand the best business practices for leagues around the globe.
The first article, “Local Heroes,” provides an overview of sports ...