The Role of Financial and Managerial Variables on the Policy Towards Home-Grown Players in English Soccer

International Business Research,Vol. 5, No. 11, (28-34) 2012

7 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2013

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Carlo Amenta

University of Palermo - d/SEAS

Claudio Ballor

Infront Sports & Media

Paolo Di Betta

University of Palermo

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The training and development of young players both as athletes and individuals is one of the task soccer governing bodies assign to professional soccer team in order to fully exploit the social aspects of sport activities. Recently UEFA imposed new rules to improve the use of home-grown players. We analyze a panel data of English Premier and Championship league clubs for the seasons 2001-02 to 2005-06 in order to understand what clubs characteristics lead to the employment of young players in the team during official matches. Sport commercialization and the employment of star players have been considered harmful to this role. Our findings suggest that, counter-intuitively, economic and commercial aspects of clubs are not important for the development of home-grown players, for example well paid players do not crowd-out home-growns. Managerial policies play a significant role. Major clubs in the Premier league deploy home-grown less often; leasing them to the Championship league could be a solution. Attendance favors home-grown players, which hints at a more active communication policy for the clubs in order to nurture the link with the local community. These results suggest social responsible strategies for Premier League clubs in order to improve their perceived social role and to avoid invasive interventions from national and international governing bodies in their managerial decisions on the clubs.

Keywords: CSR, Sport Marketing, soccer

JEL Classification: M21, M31

Suggested Citation

Amenta, Carlo and Ballor, Claudio and Di Betta, Paolo, The Role of Financial and Managerial Variables on the Policy Towards Home-Grown Players in English Soccer (2012). International Business Research,Vol. 5, No. 11, (28-34) 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2339635

Carlo Amenta (Contact Author)

University of Palermo - d/SEAS ( email )

Viale delle Scienze, edificio 13
Palermo, 90124
Italy

Claudio Ballor

Infront Sports & Media ( email )

Paolo Di Betta

University of Palermo ( email )

Viale delle Scienza
Palermo, Palermo 90128
Italy

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