THE BUSI­NESS OF FOOT­BALL

Friday - - Self-improvement -

Where: The Open Uni­ver­sity How long: Five hours a week; three weeks Why we like it: Be­cause we’re torn be­tween the no­tion that foot­ballers are over­paid layabouts and that they are the world’s finest ath­letes whose mas­sive pay pack­ets are driven by mar­ket forces. This course delves into the nitty-gritty of foot­ball clubs’ busi­ness mod­els, the com­mer­cial ex­pan­sion of the game, and it might even ex­plain why the replica Manch­ester United kit your 12-year-old wants costs as much as a night at the Burj Al Arab.

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