Footballers and businessmen: the origins of professional soccer in England
This book describes the evolution of football from its origins as an English working class recreation to the present emergence as a highly professional and commercialised international sport. The author shows how the transformation of football into an entertainment business was fostered by the changing realities of 19th century English society in which industrialisation helped to extend commercial relationships to popular recreations.
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The Basis for Professionalism
Toward a Sound Business Footing
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