Management is of utmost importance in today’s sports. In modern days of keen competition success depends upon management skills of high grades. Management indicates execution or implementation for the sake of attaining predetermined objectives of Sports associations.
The success of any sport depends upon on three factors – Organization, Management and administration. Of these, Management is the most important as it is concerned with planning and programming, policy formulation and coordinating activities. It also includes control or work performance and maintenance of discipline for a purpose of maintaining a satisfactory quality of the sport.
The Key Problems in Sports revolve around the above-mentioned paragraph, and the following is a summary of the problems analysed by me:
Key problems facing Sports
Management: The problems that are seen at management level can be dubbed as the root of all problems in sports today.
There are numerous sports governing bodies in many countries, which operate very unprofessionally. This is a very common problem in developing countries. In India politicians who have no interest in developing the sport occupy top positions in sports associations. They are all given honorary positions and since they have no experience in the sport due to which the growth of that sport hampers.
Sports associations and governing bodies should change their mindset and should issue serious job roles with ex sports men on decision-making posts.
National associations and federations must stop whining about the governmental support and work towards developing a saleable product.
Economic: Economics of scale is a major talking point in the sports today. Inequality in the finances is a major threat to popular sports like Football. Economic imbalances in football leagues are a major drawback in the sport today. Issues of differences in salaries across sports is causing a very evidential competitive imbalance which will have a near term disadvantage which may result in declining popularity of the sport amongst the fans.
Developmental: The development of sports in the country needs a change in the basic mindset and evolution of the new culture. There is a need for sports associations and marketers to change the face of marketing by Professional methods, Packaging the sport well, Present the concepts better and position the sport confidently.
Grass Roots: Development of Sport at grass root level should be a focus of all sports governing bodies across the world, unfortunately only the popular sports, which are country specific, manage to flourish at grass root levels, there are success stories of grass root development which nations and sports associations can boast off example International Tennis Federation’s Mini Tennis Promotion and US Soccer’s Grassroots’ development program, which has made soccer a popular sport in a country that has popularized their national sports in the world. Development of grass root sports is the starting point of disciplined and structured atheism of the future.
Disciplinary: Discipline in Sports is a major problem in the past and even consists today. That’s the reason why there is negligence in the case of Doping, Match fixing, biased selection procedures, violence in sports. These are key problems that are hampering sports.