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Fans of the World, Unite!A (Capitalist) Manifesto for Sports Consumers$
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Stephen F. Ross and Stefan Szymanski

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756686

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756686.001.0001

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Borrowing from Soccer: Entry by Merit

Borrowing from Soccer: Entry by Merit

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Fans of the World, Unite!
Stanford University Press

This chapter illustrates how most of the problems that sports fans in America face are, in fact, not experienced by their international counterparts. This is due to the entry-by-merit system that is used by nearly all of the soccer leagues all over the world. The chapter begins with a discussion of the structure of a closed league and the problems that are commonly associated with this type of structure. It then goes on to introduce a possible solution to the problem of the closed league—entry by merit—and to explain how this system works in soccer. Further on, the chapter turns to the origins of this system within English soccer sport, before concluding with a discussion of several counterarguments that can be made against the entry by merit system.

Keywords:   entry by merit, closed league, English soccer

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