A friendly business? A critical evaluation of the globalisation and commercialisaton of the preseason friendly
- Steve Menary
- Editions CIES - Réflexions sportives (vol. 9)
[OUVRAGE EN ANGLAIS] Steve Menary analyses the development of the preseason friendly from a loosely organised series of matches played prior to the onset of competitive games into a more structured framework staged against the backdrop of the increasing globalisation of the football industry. His book includes original research that traces the development of preseason in the English Premier League, which has led the globalisation of the club game into overseas markets through the sale of foreign TV rights. Matches are analysed over a 10-year period to demonstrate a structural shift away from the EPL’s base in preseason as clubs seek to deterritorialize their fan base in competition with Europe’s other four major leagues in Spain, Germany, Italy and France. The activities of the EPL in preseason are compared to La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 to demonstrate how Trans National Clubs (TNCs) in England are using these games to grow customers in an increasingly large and deterritorialized fan-base overseas. This is done without any major engagement with local clubs. TNCs in England and the other four leading European football economies act as conquistadores in growing their brand overseas in competition with each other and other global sports, and increasingly at the expense of the game in the markets where this growth is sought. This book seeks to understand this process, the implications for this continuing trend and to suggest an alternative to preseason that can lead to greater engagement rather than alienation.