MESGO goes East! Session 9 hosted in Tokyo
Session 9 of the Executive Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO) took place in Tokyo last week. Under the theme "The Future of Sport" the participants enjoyed an exciting programme with high-level speakers (e.g. Kohzo Tashima, President Japan Football Association; Kunihito Morimura, President Dentsu Sports Asia).
The session was the last one-week seminar for the current 4th edition of the MESGO, which will see its festive culmination at the Viva Voce at UEFA in Nyon early April.
The picture on the left shows Session Director Prof. Dr. Holger Preuss and Dr. Mathias Schubert.

The application process for the new MESGO edition is still open until 31 March 2018! See here for more information.

MESGO agreement with the Council of Europe
A new agreement bringing together UEFA’s Executive Master in Sport Governance (MESGO) education programme and the Council of Europe will give government authority sports officials the chance to enhance their professional skills alongside representatives of sports bodies.

The picture shows a mesgo session in Tokyo where students are in talk with Prof. Ji (Taiwan).


“Passion. Connected."

l. to r.: Prof. Dr. Seok-Pyo Hong, Dr. Mathias Schubert and Gudrun Doll-Tepper
... was the topic of the 9th International Sports Business Symposium, which took place on the occasion of the Olympic Winter Games 2018 in Chuncheon on 21st February. The event was organized by Prof. Dr. Seok-Pyo Hong, Kangwon National University and Prof. Dr. Holger Preuss, JGU.

More than 75 international researchers and experts from 25 nations came to a scientific exchange at Kangwon National University in Chuncheon and contributed to the following topics:  "Legacy & Bidding", "Host Perspectives", "Rio 2016", "Legacy & Governance" and "Paralympic and Youth Olympic Festival Legacy". In addition to the 40 speakers who gave 27 lectures, four workshops were held on the following headings: "Legacy Portfolio Development", "Olympic Sponsorship Today: Rule 40 and the Future of TOP", "Olympic Study Centers, NOAs & IOA" and "Legacy Narratives of Seoul 1988".

The symposium was rounded off by lectures from the Olympic Family. These included officials and opinion leaders such as Richard Pound, IOC member, former President of the World Anti-Doping Agency; Tania Braga, IOC, Head of Legacy; Aki Murasato, Tokyo 2020 OCOG, Vice President FIS and Sports Director Nagano 1998 and Gudrun Doll-Tepper (GER), Vice-President of the German Olympic Sport Confederation (DOSB), IOC Commission member "Women and Sport".
Information on the symposium can be found at https://www.pyeongchang2018.uni-mainz.de/

Research report 2017

Just in time for the turn of the year, you will find the research report 2017 here.

Twelve successful months have passed, we achieved a lot together - and together we will strive for new goals in the coming year.

We wish all homepage visitors a Happy New Year 2018!


Invitation to the Olympic Studies Centre

At the invitation of the IOC, Professors Holger Preuss, Wladimir Andreff and A. Stewart visited the Olympic Studies Centre (OSC). They took part in a discussion on how academic research can contribute to better measuring and communicating about the economic impact of hosting the Olympic Games. They were welcomed by President Bach.

"Walk the Talk": New publication on fairness in European football

Recently a new study by our colleague Dr. Mathias Schubert has been published. In collaboration with co-author Prof. Francisco Javier Lopez Frias (Penn State University, USA) he investigates the current financial situation in European football against the background of the fair play ideal and the pinciple of equal opporunity.

The study has been published in the renowned journal Sport, Ethics and Philosophy under the title "Walk the Talk: Financial Fairness in European Club Football".

Der article can be retrieved via this link.


9th International Sport Business Symposium during Olympic Winter Games 2018

Prof. Dr. Preuß

On occasion of the Olympic Winter Games 2018 in Pyeongchang (South Korea) the team of Prof. Dr. Holger Preuss in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Seok-Pyo Hong (Kangwon National University) organises the 9th International Sport Business Symposium. The event takes place  in Chuncheon (South Korea) on February 21, 2018 and runs under the theme "Winter Games & Legacy". A number of high-level speakers have already signed up for the programme.

More information can be found via this link.


Goodbye Gerald!

Gerald Fritz and Anja Scheu at the Olympic Sportbusiness Symposium in Rio 2016
On March 31, 2017 Gerald Fritz left our department for his new job in Berlin. After more than two years in our team, we will miss the excellent cooperation with Gerald very much. Due to his good contacts to the world of sports, he was of great help to us on many occasions in building the bridge between academia and the practical field. Gerald will now face new challenges and will be in charge of the campus management at the University of Applied Management (HAM) in Berlin, as well as support the HAM colleagues at the Institute for Football Management near Munich. After completing his PhD, he will also be assigned as an assistant professor in sport management at HAM Berlin.

Thank you Gerald, for the great time with you. We wish you a lot of success for your future both professionally and personally!

Eventmanagement in Sports from A to Z

From March 9 to 16, 31 students of our Int. Sport Management Master Program and the Molde University College, Norway, met for an event management field trip. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Holger Preuß and Gerald Fritz, various sports facilities and multipurpose arenas were visited in Mainz, Frankfurt, Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Innsbruck. Special highlights were the visits of the Allianz Arena and the Audi Dome in Munich, the Bergisel ski jump in Innsbruck, and the exhibition about the 1936 Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the progaganda-machinery of the Nazis.
By means of various guest lectures by specialists from the practical field in combination with presentation by our lecturers as well as student contributions in form of mini orals, the field of event management in sports was presented to all participants in a multi-facetted manner. Appetite for more
Link 1, Link 2, Link 3

6. German-Chinese Symposium

From 13.12. - 14.12.2016, the 6th German-Chinese Symposium on "The Career of Athletes" took place in Berlin. The symposium was organized by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the International Council for Sports Science and Sports Education (ICSSPE / CIEPSS) and the Chinese General Administration of Sport. As one of ten invited speakers, Prof. Preuß gave his lecture on 14.12.2016: "Mega Sport Events: application, implementation and legacy - learn from the past. Advertising, implementation and legacy for a physically active society". 


Conference of the European Association for Sport Management - EASM

Under the theme „Memories & Identities in Sport Management in Europe“, experts and scholars of the field met for the 24th European Association for Sport Management (EASM) Conference at the Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. From September 7th to 10th the prestigious conference was hosted for the first time by a university from Eastern Europe. Key note speeches, workshops and more than 150 presentations allowed to successfully bridge the gap between Eastern and Western Europe in sport management.
Our colleagues Anja Scheu and Gerald Fritz presented their following research projects: "Factors predicting local residents' support for bidding for mega-events" and "Travel behavior and fan identification in the context of mega-events".

Study trip to ESEA Conference in Groningen
The Master students of Profile C (International Sportmanagement) together with nine exchange students from Beijing Sport University have successfully taken part in this year’s conference of the European Sport Economists Association (ESEA) in Groningen (Netherlands). The three-day trip took place within the context of a block seminar entitled “Sport Economics, Governance and Media“. The 25 students were accompanied by Prof. Dr. Holger Preuß und Dr. Mathias Schubert.

Olympics and Agenda 2020
The photo shows the Rio 2016 Olympic torch framed by the JGU organizing team (from left to right: Anja Scheu, Olympic rower Jonathan Koch, Nathalie Prüschenk, Prof. Dr. Holger Preuß, Gerald Fritz, and Dr. Helmut Scholl) 
was the theme of the 8th International Sport Business Symposium, which was held during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio on August 16. The event was organized by Prof. Dr. Lamartine DaCosta, Rio State University, and Prof. Dr. Holger Preuss, JGU. Over 150 international researchers and experts dealing with the topics "values of the Olympic Movement", "legacy and sustainability", "good governance", "bidding" as well as "sponsoring and marketing" came together for a scientific exchange at the Estácio University in Rio de Janeiro. The Agenda 2020 with its 40 reform recommendations stated by the IOC was emphasized in the intense discussions and workshops.
The symposium was rounded off by a video message from Dr. Thomas Bach, IOC President and various key note speeches of opinion leaders representing the Olympic family. These included officials such as Dr. hc. Klaus Schormann, UIPM President, Mr. Patrick Baumann, IOC member and President of SportAccord, Ms. Marie Dembreville, IOC Director Corporate Development, Brand and Sustainability, and Mr. Leandro Larrosa, CEO Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The photo shows the Rio 2016 Olympic torch framed by the JGU organizing team (from left to right: Anja Scheu, Jonathan Koch, Nathalie Prüschenk, Prof. Dr. Holger Preuß, Gerald Fritz, and Dr. Helmut Scholl). Please find more detailed information on www.rio2016.uni-mainz.de.

We`ve moved!
Our new adress is:
Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 31
55099 Mainz

E-book published
The E-book "Olympic Idea Nowadays" from Chatziefstathiou, D. & Ramon, X., Miragaya, A. has now been published and can be accessed in full text via this link for free.

You can find the contributions of Prof. Preuss on pages 69-71 and 133-134 .

This book is the result of the research project undertaken by the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, the Rio de Janeiro State University and the Olympic Studies Centre at the Autonomous University of Barcelona from 2013 to 2015.

The goal of the project is to investigate the structure of values that are explicitly and implicitly associated with the Olympic Games.

MESGO: apply now!
The application deadline for the 4th Executive Master in European Sport Governance ( MESGO ) currently runs until 28.03.2016. The courses will start in September 2016.

The MESGO-programme is designed for experienced managers and executives working in International, European and national federations; Clubs, leagues and trade unions; European institutions and governments and Partner organisations of sports bodies (media, sponsors, etc.).

The two-year master's degree program was launched by five renowned universities and consists nine one-week seminars. The pan-European program includes courses in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Barcelona, Mainz/Frankfurt, New York and Tokyo.

For more informations please follow:  http://www.mesgo.org/apply-now/

Research Report 2015
The current Research Report offers an overview of the research projects, presentations, papers and book publications over the year 2015.

7th International Sport Business Symposium
“Youth Olympic Games; new concept – old ideas?”

Keynote speakers

Keynote Speakers
On the occasion of the second Youth Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer the 7th International Sport Business Symposium titled “Youth Olympic Games; new concept – old ideas?” will be staged at the Faculty of Sport Science at Lillehammer University College on 16 th of February 2016.
The Youth Olympic Winter Games is a growing event in youth sports and provides great sporting, social, cultural and environmental opportunities for the host city, region and country. Lillehammer must make some effort to not only fulfill all requirements to stage the YOG, but also maximize the economic, social, environmental, political, and structural benefits that a Youth Olympic Games can offer to the city and country.

Topics covered will address the legacy of Youth Olympic Games, new concepts and development of the YOG and the perception of the Youth on YOG. Additional papers about Olympic Games will be presented.

For a one day event 46 Olympic scholars from 9 nations (NOR, GBR, GER, USA, AUT, TUR, BRA, CAN, FRA) will meet and present 4 key notes, 23 research projects and one practitioner report. They will not only discuss their research but also meet key note speakers such as the Norwegian IOC member Gerhard Heiberg and Anders Besseberg, president of the International Biathlon Union but also high executives from the organization of the Games such as Philippe Furrer (IOC senior manager) and the CEO of the YOG Lillehammer Tomas Holmestad.
The symposium is jointly organized by Prof. Holger Preuss (Johannes Gutenberg Universität / Molde University College) in cooperation with Prof. Dag Vidar Hanstad (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences/Lillehammer University College) and Associate Prof. Berit Skirstad (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences).

Participation of Prof. Preuss & Gerald Fritz at the NASSM Conference
NASSM Conference 2015
From June 2nd to 6th, Prof. Holger Preuss and Gerald Fritz visited the annual Conference of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) in Ottawa, Canada. The conference was hosted by the University of Ottawa (UofO) which also cooperates closely with our Department of Sport Management, Sport History and Sport Sociology. Both sides agreed on an exchange of students in regards to the recently launched international sport management master program.
Each year, more than 500 scholars from North America and their international colleagues come together for scientific exchange and networking at NASSM.
Prof. Preuss presented a panel discussion on ‘Hosting Sports Events by the City of Ottawa’ interviewing key representatives from the City of Ottawa, Curling Canada and Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group. Gerald Fritz held a presentation on his study ‘Travel behavior of football fans visiting the 2014 FIFA WC in Brazil’.

Research Report 2014
The current Research Report offers an overview of the research projects, presentations, papers and book publications over the year 2014.

FIFA delegation for a visit in Mainz
FIFA Guests
On January 8, 2015 Jürgen Müller (Head of FIFA World Cup 2014 2018 and 2022) and Horst R. Schmidt (FIFA consultant and former DFB General Secretary) visited the Sport Institute. Background of the meeting is the interest of FIFA in the results of the research projects related to the Football World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Holger Preuss. During the stay, Jürgen Müller furthermore delivered a guest lecture on the topic "The organization of a FIFA World Cup" in front of a packed lecture hall.

The third edition of MESGO Programme started

MESGO 3rd Edition Paris FFF
The third edition of the Executive Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO) – a unique education programme for sports organisations' elected representatives and managerial staff – started with the first session in Paris.
The group of 23 participants in the third MESGO edition includes six CEOs/general secretaries from Europe's national football associations.
The programme focuses in particular on the current and future key challenges faced by sports organisations (specificity of sport, competitive balance, exploitation of commercial rights, social dialogue, match-fixing, doping, social responsibility, etc.). MESGO also involves in-depth analysis of legal, political and economic issues (e.g. competition law, litigation prevention, risk management, regulation and media policy).
MESGO's academic partner institutions include Birkbeck Sports Business Centre (University of London); Centre for Law and Economics of Sport (University of Limoges); Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz;  Institut Nacional D'Educacio Fisica de Catalunya (University of Lleida) and Sciences Po Paris. Partner sports institutions are UEFA, European Handball Federation (EHF); International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF); Rugby Europe, FIBA Europe (basketball) and the Confédération Européenne de Volleyball (CEV).
The Olympic Idea - Quo Vadis Symposium on Spetember 8th 2014

Paper on "UEFA financial fair play – the curse of regulation" published
UEFA financial fair play: the curse of regulation
Prof. Dr. Holger Preuss, Professor Kjetil Haugen and Mathias Schubert have published a paper on "UEFA financial fair play - the curse of regulation" in the European Journal of Sport Studies. In this paper, a simple game theroy approach is applied in order to analyse UEFA's financial fair play rule, which was introduced in the 2013/2014 season.
To download the paper, please click on the picture.

MESGO graduates honoured in Nyon
MESGO graduates at the House of European Football in Nyon The second Executive Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO) course has been completed, with 17 graduates receiving their certificates at a ceremony in Nyon.

Star guest at the ceremony at UEFA's House of European Football was the former athlete from the United Kingdom, Colin Jackson, who gave a stirring keynote motivational speech to the graduates.
Two course participants stressed MESGO’s importance. "To have these studies is a once-in-a-lifetime chance," said Football Union of Russia deputy CEO Ekaterina Fedyshina. "We have all had the chance to step back from our daily work and reflect on our sport's direction and long-term vision – and we have learned important knowledge from experts," added European Club Association (ECA) head of public and international affairs David Frommer.

MESGO is a unique platform designed for elected representatives and managerial staff of sports organisations, providing them with training, social and professional contacts, knowledge-sharing opportunities and personal development. Created by initiatives from internationally renowned universities and research centres, MESGO has been developed as a partnership of the members of the Association of European Team Sports (ETS) and has UEFA's full support.

Applications are being invited until 15 April 2014 for the third edition of MESGO.

New Working Paper: “
Olympic Ideals as seen by Olympic Scholars and Experts” 
Working Paper Series
Today the newest Working Paper of the “Mainzer Papers on  Sport Economics & Management” has been published. The Paper is based on an online survey for scientists and practitioners from 46 countries, which, count as experts due to their occupation of many years with the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement . The experts were asked abut  values and ideals that are beeing associated with the Olympic Idea, the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games. Additionally, questions were asked about the current situation of the Games and the prospects of the organisation.

The Working Paper No. 13 is available for download on the Working Paper Series web page.

Event Management in Molde
The Molde University College in Norway offers a unique Master in Event Management. In cooperation with the Molde University (Erasmus & classes of the "International module") students from Mainz can also, occasionally, attend this module. In the future, a limited number of Master of Science students in "International Sports Management" (starting in the summer semester 2015) will be given the opportunity to participate in this very interessting journey.

Prof. Preuss visits the Supreme Committee of Qatar 2022
Katar 2022
Prof. Preuss visited the Supreme Committee 2022 in Qatar. First co-operations regarding the research for the FIFA Wolrd Cup 2022 were agreed on.
Besides discussing the curriculum for the Centre of Excellence, consultations were held on how to match the research on football tourists in Brasil 2014 with the data needed for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Informal meeting of the sports-related industries
Bruxelles EU-Commision At the invitation of the Vice-President of the European Commission (Mr. Tajani) and the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (Mrs. Vassiliou), Prof. Preuss took part in the first "Informal meeting of the sports-related industries". This round was concerned with the question of which regulations the EU could take for sport development, especially at grassroots level, in favor of a broad EU development.
The EU Commisioners were co-chairing on 21 January the first meeting of stakeholders on the economic importance of sport industry, with representatives from all economic sectors, clusters, academies and associations. Prof. Preuß attended the meeting as an Universities representative.

Image Film regarding the 7th Session of the MESGO Programme
MESGO II - Session 7 Mainz/Frankfurt

The two-year master's degree programmme is divided into 9 sessions with the following topics: Context of International Sport,  Organisation of Sport ; Sport Governance; Legal Framework; Commercial Challenges; Sporting Events; Ethics; the North American Model and The Future of Sport Governance. 

Archive - News from before 2013-12-19
Consultation hours 

Prof. Dr. Preuss: Tue 11 - 12

Dr. N. Schütte: Wed 17 - 18 

PD Dr. T. Könecke: parental leave

Zuzana Botiková: In the lecture-free time by arrangement

Dr. H. Scholl: Tue 15-16

Dr. M. Mauritz: Thu 10-11

Dr. M. Schubert: Thu 14 - 15 (upon prior notice)

A. Scheu: Wed 14 - 15

F. Wagner: Thu 10-11

M. Weitzmann: Wed 10 -11

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Dates of conferences

Congresses in Sporteconomics & Sportsociology
Book Publications  (english)

Preuss H., an der Heiden, I., & Alfs, C. (2018). Economic importance of football in Germany. In World Association for Sport Management (Ed.), The global Football Industry (pp. 62–77). Oxon: Routledge.

Könecke, T., Preuß, H., Schütte, N. (2017). Direct regional economic impact of Germany’s 1. FC Kaiserslautern through participation in the 1. Bundesliga. Soccer & Society. (7), 988–1011. https://doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2015.1067786

Schubert, M. & Lopez Frias, F.J. (2017). Walk the Talk: Financial Fairness in European club football. Sport, Ethics & Philosophy. 

Preuss, H., & Form, L. (2017). Regulating sport leagues: The case of Hockey India League. In J. J. Zhang & B. G. Pitts (Eds.), Contemporary Sport Marketing (pp. 42–54). Oxon: Routledge.

Preuss, H. (2017). Olympic Finance. In Gold, J.R., Gold, M.M. (Ed.), Olympic cities (3rd ed., pp. 139–160). Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Preuss, H., an der Heiden, I., & Alfs, C. (2016). Economic Importance of Soccer in Germany. The Journal of Shanghai University of Sport (JSUS). (6).

Preuss, H. (2016). A Theory of Mega Sport Event Legacies. In G. B. Cunningham, Fink J.S., & A. Doherty (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of theory in Sport Management (pp. 69–81). London: Routledge.

Müller, N., Messing, M., Preuss, H., Buchwalder, M., & Desch, M. (2016). On the Meaning of the Cultural Program for Biathlon Spectators in Salt Lake 2002. In N. Müller, M. Messing, & K. Schormann (Eds.), Cultural Views of the Olympics. "citius, altius, fortius, pulchrius, humanius" (Vol. 16, pp. 117–120). Kassel: AGON-Sportverlag.

Preuss, H. (2016). How has the Olympic Movement changed since Sydney 2000? In Chatziefstathiou, D. & Ramon, X., Miragaya, A. (Eds.), Olympic Idea Nowadays. Perceptions and insights (pp. 69–71). Barcelona: Centre d’Estudis Olímpics i de l’Esport.

Preuss, H. (2016). How have London 2012 and Sochi 2014 supported or changed the Olympic Movement? In  Chatziefstathiou, D. & Ramon, X., Miragaya, A. (Eds.), Olympic Idea Nowadays. Perceptions and insights (pp. 133–134). Barcelona: Centre d’Estudis Olímpics i de l’Esport.

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