Securing support for sports events can be a tough task, especially when there are vociferous opponents to the project. In this article we look at past examples of opposition towards sports events and the impact it had on the fates of bids.
When justifying sports policy to opposition voices, it is critical to consider consultations with such parties and also if you are able to prove the causality of such schemes. Here we consider examples of where these factors have been applied by sporting bodies. Sports management text books consistently highlight the importance of inclusivity and consultation to the sports development process.
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Investment in sport is never universally well received. How can supporters of a sporting event or scheme challenge opponents? Here we highlight five stages of potential dissent and identify how carefully researched responses can combat the dissenters.
Despite the growing quantity of ammunition available to those who seek to dismiss the economic impact argument for public investment in sport, public authorities and their sporting partners are not entirely defenceless in the face of the onslaught.