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Measuring and Monitoring Sustainability in Listed European Football Clubs: A Value-Added Reporting Perspective

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School of Economics, Finance and Accounting, Coventry University, Coventry CV15FB, UK
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Department of Sport Management, Canadian University of Dubai, Dubai P.O. Box 117781, UAE
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Department of Economic-Administrative Sciences, Universidad Autònoma de Occidente, Culiacan 80020, Mexico
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Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, Coventry CV15FB, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9853; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239853
Received: 26 October 2020 / Revised: 13 November 2020 / Accepted: 16 November 2020 / Published: 25 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Physical Activity, Sport and Active Recreation)
All sports have their roots and connection in some way to the Olympic spirit, and therefore fall within the vision and mission of the Olympic Committee, which has a central aim of “building a better world”. This is a fundamental value of the Olympics and sustainability is a “working principle” of this. This research analyses the performance of professional European football teams that are publicly listed on stock markets, analysing their income statements and factoring in how the value-added perspective is impacting professional sport. The methodology we use considers the sustainable contribution of the distribution of added value. The Value-Added Statement is considered as a part of broader Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which can be traced back as a concept to the late 1970s. It is still in widespread use and is regarded as being both a credible and a tested measure. In this paper, the authors apply a slightly modified and simplified version of this value-added approach to all publicly listed European football clubs and use these as a proxy for wider professional sport. This research demonstrates that, although most professional sports clubs are profit-oriented, the distribution of wealth generated by the added value is unbalanced. In most cases, at least in financial terms, the data shows shareholders are the most disadvantaged, whereas athletes are the most rewarded. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; sports performance; sports management; value-added reporting; value-added income statement; listed football clubs; community development; fair income distribution sustainability; sports performance; sports management; value-added reporting; value-added income statement; listed football clubs; community development; fair income distribution
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Faccia, A.; Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.J.; Munoz Helù, H.; Range, D. Measuring and Monitoring Sustainability in Listed European Football Clubs: A Value-Added Reporting Perspective. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9853. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239853

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Faccia A, Mataruna-Dos-Santos LJ, Munoz Helù H, Range D. Measuring and Monitoring Sustainability in Listed European Football Clubs: A Value-Added Reporting Perspective. Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):9853. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239853

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Faccia, Alessio; Mataruna-Dos-Santos, Leonardo J.; Munoz Helù, Hussein; Range, Daniel. 2020. "Measuring and Monitoring Sustainability in Listed European Football Clubs: A Value-Added Reporting Perspective" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 9853. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239853

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