Popular in Glob/Legal/Soc Env Bus
Popular in Business
This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Justin Notetaker on Tuesday January 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to BE 325 at University of Oregon taught by Farhad Malekafzali in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 56 views. For similar materials see Glob/Legal/Soc Env Bus in Business at University of Oregon.
Reviews for Ex Notes
Please tell me you're going to be posting these awesome notes every week..
Report this Material
What is Karma?
Karma is the currency of StudySoup.
You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!
Date Created: 01/05/16
Justin Jonas November 12, 2014 Professor Gordon Sports Business Morocco vs. CAF The spread of the Ebola virus has caused major turmoil within the news and the world of soccer as of late. The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations was to be held in the country of Morocco; however, due to the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, Morocco has requested of the Confederation of African Football to postpone the tournament due to the possible spread of the virus into their country. Unfortunately, the Confederation of African Football has rejected this request and gave them until Saturday, November 8th, to decide whether or not to host the competition. The Sierra Leone Football Association has backed up Morocco’s request to postpone the Cup of Nations for the Football Association’s President Isha Johansen, “has seen the sport come to a ‘grinding halt’ in her country because of the Ebola outbreak,” and does not want to risk that happening throughout the African continent. On Saturday, Morocco decided to opt out of hosting the Cup of Nations in light of the Ebola crisis, which has already ravaged three countries in Africa. “The Confederation of African football (CAF) has rejected the idea of postponing or cancelling the competition and will now need to look for new hosts, less than two months before the start of the tournament on January 17, 2015.” Ghana and South Africa have been approached to possibly host the tournament; however, no country, so far, has displayed any interest in doing so. The Executive Board for the Confederation of African Football has officially Jonas 2 disqualified Morocco from the tournament; in addition, Morocco could even be banned from holding future tournaments despite offering to host the tournament in 2017. This is important because the Cup of Nations is the major international soccer tournament in Africa and is a proving ground for top African soccer players. The tournament could even be their ticket into the top European leagues. In addition, the Ebola virus, which has been a major topic in the news as of late, is beginning to affect the world of soccer, especially in West Africa. The sport of soccer in Sierra Leone has, according to the Football Association’s president, come to a “grinding halt,” which, if the disease spreads to other nations across Africa, could seriously hamper the development and growth of soccer on the continent. The fact that no nation is willing to hold the Cup of Nations may force the Confederation of African Football to postpone or even cancel the tournament until 2017. This would cause major hindrances to the development of the sport in Africa, as well as cause a severe detriment to the money that would have gone to the Confederation and each participating nation. For this reason, it is easy to see why the Confederation of African Football does not want to postpone the Cup of Nations, because they know that it would severely damage their income from television rights and sponsorships for the tournament. On the other hand, the African countries are unwilling to host the tournament, because they fear that the Ebola virus may spread to their country, which would severely damage their tourism industry and cause hundreds if not thousands of deaths. If the Confederation of African Football were to postpone the tournament to April and May or the summer, they would have to compete with the business end of the big European leagues or the Copa America in South America, respectively. Both the big European leagues and the Copa America get more viewership than the Africa Cup of Jonas 3 Nations, and since the Confederation of African Football is trying to grow the viewership of the Africa Cup of Nations, it would be unwise to postpone the tournament. As was discussed in class, sponsorship, television rights, and viewership are hugely important to commercial sports, and if the Confederation of African Football cannot get things sorted with who will host of the Cup of Nations, they enter some economic hardships. The Confederation of African Football is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they postpone or cancel the competition, they risk losing millions of dollars in sponsorships and television rights, but if they continue on with the tournament as planned, they risk exposing the disease to the entire African continent. According to Jay Coakley, the author of Sports in Society, governing bodies in sports are responsible for maintaining “health and fitness among citizens” (431); however, the continuation of the tournament on schedule could cause the spread of the Ebola virus, damaging the health of both players and the fans. Conversely, in postponing or cancelling the tournament, the Confederation of African Football and all participating nations will lose millions of dollars in revenue, which would be a severe detriment to the business of soccer. Without the money the African confederation will not be able to develop the sport as quickly and effectively as other growing soccer confederations. If the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout Africa, African soccer could be in major trouble for it would cause most soccer development institutions to shut down as well as cause there to be a dearth of talent coming from the African continent. ‘ “As is evident by their actions, the Confederation of African Football seems to be only focused on the money they will generate from the tournament rather than on the possible cost of human lives. It will be interesting to see if the continuation of the tournament on schedule will cause the Jonas 4 spread of the Ebola virus or if the Confederation gives in and postpones the tournament. It will also be interesting to see who will come out as having made the right decisions, Morocco or the Confederation of African Football. Citations: Adewuyi, Lolade. "Morocco Opt out of Hosting 2015 Afcon Goal.com." Goal.com. 8 Nov. 2014. Web. 9 Nov. 2014. "Sierra Leone FA President Backs Nations Cup Postponement Over Ebola." SportsBusiness Daily. 3 Nov. 2014. Web. 9 Nov. 2014.
Are you sure you want to buy this material for
You're already Subscribed!
Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'