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Lecture 1

SPMT 217 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: 1896 Summer Olympics, Ancient Olympic Games, Panathenaic Stadium


Department
Sport Management
Course Code
SPMT 217
Professor
Shane L Hudson
Lecture
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Foundations of Sport Management (PART 1)
INTRO
● Management structures: “building blocks”
○ Clubs
○ Leagues
○ Professional tournaments
● Primary theme
○ Structures grow in response to broad social changes and/or to address
specific social issues
● Secondary themes
○ Honest play
○ Inclusion: who gets to play?
THE CLUB SYSTEM
● England
○ Birthplace of modern sport and
sport management
● 18th century
○ English aristocracy developed exclusive sport clubs with limited membership
● 19th century
○ Continued club evolution with standardization of rules, settling disputes, and
organizing schedules
THOROUGHBRED RACING
● Races drew broad and diverse audience
○ No admission charged
● Initially local club system
○ Racing existed for entertainment only, not financial gain; prestige more important
● Need for more complex club system because:
○ Desire of owners to breed and train fast horses
○ The increasing complexity of gambling
● 1830s: Rail system allowed national competition
● Gambling provided entertainment, tangible evidence of ability of horses, and ensured
honest competition
THE JOCKEY CLUB
● Responsible for:
● Organized, sponsored and prompted local events
● Met need for a strong national governing body to establish rules, standards,
mechanisms for resolving disputes, and innovations to the sport
● Served as model for wider sport management practices in England with rugby,
cricket, and boxing
THE MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES
● International club event with little resemblance to ancient Olympic Games
● First Modern Olympics held in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
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