RENAN BARABANOV DE ASSIS
Master's - Corporate Governance in professional soccer: A case study in a Brazilian soccer club
Class: 215, FEA-5
Adviser: Prof. Dr. Edson Luiz Riccio
Comission: Profs. Drs. Cesar Augusto Biancolino, Amaury José Rezende e Wilson Toshiro Nakamura
Brazilian professional soccer clubs find themselves in an environment that lacks transparency and efficiency in their management, in a context that increasingly requires professionalization and modernization in the management of clubs in order to face the sport and commercial competition with international clubs. In this regard, this work shows a proposal to build a specific governance structure for professional clubs, having its applicability confirmed in one of the clubs with a high impact and reach in the Brazilian soccer game (Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras). The comprehensive literature review performed allowed to analyze national and international proposals and the proposition of a governance basic structure that can be adopted by professional soccer clubs, improving their potential in social, economic, and sport return. The framework of the work comprises actions, policies and guidelines that build on the following four pillars: Participation and Democracy; Management, Operation and Susteinability; Transparency, Communication and Accountability; and Solidarity and Social Responsibility. Next, the feasilibility of the proposed model was analyzed by means of a case study done in one of the major Brazilian soccer clubs and currently champion in the first national division. The concepts presented contribute to creating a theoretical set that can guide the discussion about the principles that lay the foundation of the corporate governance (CG) of professional soccer clubs. The discussion developed in this work is believed to expand the discussion about the impact of governance as a modernization tool and administrative professionalization in soccer and in the relationship between clubs and the different actors of the environment where they work, including supporters, club members, partner supporters, managers, athletes, shareholders, investors, federations, leagues, sponsors, media, society and governments.
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