Institutional perspectives on the implementation of disability legislation and services for Spectators with Disabilities in European professional football

Juan Luis Paramio-Salcines, Paul James Kitchin

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Abstract

Contemporary national and international football governing bodies and professional footballclubs are expected to comply with stadium accessibility laws and regulations. They are also required to demonstrate that are responsible to all their customers, including those who experience impairment and/or disability as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies. One strategy to address stadium accessibility and wider-equity issues for spectators with disabilities (SwD) and their companions, is through appointing the 'incipient managerial position' of the Disability Liaison Officer (DLO). This exploratory paper is motivated by a paucity of studies examining impairment and/or disability within sport management. Drawing on institutional theory (DiMaggio & Powell, 1983; Friedland & Alford, 1991) this paper seeks to address this gap by examining the implementation of disability legislation in professional football within England, Germany and Spain. This paper critically reviews both the actions of the governing bodies and clubs to interpret and implement services for Spectators with Disabilities (SwD). Our findings revealed a significant variance in the depth of policy implementation between these countries. This variation was due to the relationship between the prevailing institutional logic and the management of accessibility which resulted, or did not result in isomorphism occurring. The article concludes with implications for the management of sport and a call for further research into the implementation of equity policies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-348
JournalSport Management Review
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Spectators with Disabilities
  • Institutional Theory
  • Football
  • Accessibility
  • Equity
  • Disability Liaison Officer

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    Developing an Accessibility League Table in European Football: What is an Appropriate Methodology?

    Paramio-Salcines, J. L., Walters, G. & Kitchin, P. J., Sep 2019, Book of Abstracts: 27th European Sport Management Conference, Seville. p. 699-701

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    The Engagement of Disabled People in European Football: Best Practice Cases

    Kitchin, P. J. & Bloomer, S., 14 Jun 2017, 30 p.

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  • Managing social shaming to enhance professional sports clubs’ reputation toward disabled supporters

    Paramio-Salcines, J. L., Grady, J. & Kitchin, P. J., Sep 2016, Book of abstracts: 24th European Association for Sport Management Conference "Memories and identities in sport management in Europe".

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