This event will take place in-person only.

Professional football provides fertile ground for historians interested in exploring continuity and change. It has undergone considerable change and evolution in terms of its identification as an industry – historically football identified as a representative competition between locales, and in many countries profit or even turnover were not considered significant in the purpose of clubs. The entry of broadcasting and the opportunities for related entrepreneurship and licensing in the context of the game have created the opportunity for much of the change that the game has undergone, with a considerable increase the problem of “appropriability” (Buchanan, 1965; Demsetz, 1970; Coase, 1988), in which club owners have struggled to capture the benefits of these innovations, although they have often pushed to exploit them. Many of the benefits have flowed to players, who have seen increased status through the “economics of superstars” (Rosen, 1981) where highly talented played have seen their bargaining powers increase.

 We invite papers looking at club football from a management and business history perspective, especially those drawing on archival or oral history research.  Papers should seek to contribute to a developing stream of research including Dizin et al (2004), Walters and Hamil (2013), Gillett and Tennent (2017) and Fernández-de-Sevilla (2021). Secondly, following Gillett and Tennent (2020) we aim to broaden the realm of business and management history by providing opportunities to look at theoretical and empirical themes related to the professional football industry such as project-based enterprise, hybridity, or the role of not-for-profit organisations in business.

Call for papers deadline:

April 30th – short abstracts (c. 300 words) only needed.

Please send your proposals to [email protected] and [email protected].

Benefits of attendance: 
  • Receive critical feedback on and review of in-progress academic work
  • Network with academics and practitioners in the field with the potential to encourage impact collaboration
  • Understand the current state of academic work on management and business in the football industry
Provider Information

BAM Management and Business History Special Interest Group


Who Should Attend?

Academics with an interest in the business, management or organisation of football, and/or its history, as well as practitioners with an interest in taking a historical perspective to present challenges within football.

The event speaks to sections A1, A2, A3 and C1, C2 and C3, as detailed in the BAM Framework.



Professor Geoff Walters, Birkbeck, University of London

Sean Hamil, Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Kevin Tennent, University of York

Dr Alex Gillett, University of York



Please contact the BAM Office at [email protected] with any general queries.  


Event Fee 

BAM Members: £10

BAM Student Members : Free (10 places available)

Non -BAM Members : £20

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Registrations close on the 13th June 2023 at 15:00 UK time.

Please note, if we do not receive enough registrations 2 weeks ahead of the event, we reserve the right to cancel the event.


Venue Details

School of Business, Economics and Infomatics

Birkbeck College

Malet St,



Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment for the event must be received before the start date of the event concerned. Access will not be permitted to the event if full payment has not been received. 


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For the reimbursement of registration fee notification of cancellation must be received by email to: [email protected] two weeks prior to the event. 


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  • If payment is not received by the date on the invoice, your registration will be cancelled, and you will need to register again at the current registration rates.