Sport Business Director to Publish Book

James Skinner, the Director for the Institute of Sport Business has co-edited a book entitled "Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport".

The new volume will explore employment relations in the professional sports industry which has long been overlooked in this field. The complex and unique issues surrounding employment relations with a sporting context are highlighted and considered in this book.

The book, devised into four parts, examines firstly the regulation of sporting competition both within and across sporting codes; secondly a range of employment law issues;, the third discusses the economic issues related to employment; and the final section explores contemporary issues in sports management and governance, including anti-discrimination and anti-doping policy. Read Professor Skinner's discussion on Therapeutic Exemption Use drugs.

The book is edited by Michael Barry, Grifth University, Australia, and Terry Engelberg, James Cook University, Australia aswell as Loughborough University's Professor James Skinner.

This book is a long overdue investigation of an important, but neglected, aspect of sport management. The editors have not only assembled a set of international contributors who are leaders in their respective fields, but they have also identified the employment relations issues of central concern to those studying sport management. This book should be on the shelf of every sport management researcher.

Barrie Houlihan, Loughborough University

Order the book from Edward Elgar Publishing. For further information about the book, Send Professor Skinner an email.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.