Sport Management: Power and Politics in Intercollegiate Athletics during COVID-19

In our current post-COVID-19 world, creating policy is important but the ability of a sport organization to
implement policy is just as vital as the creation of the policy itself. The current state of our sporting world has
demonstrated the emphasis on power and politics in both the creation and implementation of policy.
Take for example the differing decisions by the BIG TEN and the ACC on Fall sports. With this in mind,
determine what sport organization(s) hold(s) the power and/or authority to determine the playing of
intercollegiate athletics. This might be best addressed by providing clear and succinct definitions of power and
authority, determining sources of individual and organizational power, and then applying these terms to
intercollegiate athletics.
Next, elaborate upon what organizational politics were at play to determine why the BIG TEN postponed Fall
sport (but eventually decided to play) and the ACC chose to play immediately.
Finally, how do you anticipate power and politics impacting the creation and implementation of policy in your
future sport management profession? That is, consider your future career and elaborate upon the impact of
power and politics on the policies created and implemented in this career field.
-PLEASE write about relating it to a career as an Athletic Director for a University.
Textbook: Understanding Sport Organizations: Applications for Sport Managers
Author: Trevor Slack
Please refer to the textbook attachments I attached for definitions and information relating to power and politics
in sport management. Professor does not want a definition of power and authority from textbook. Make sure to
generate own definitions using the textbook. For organizational power, look to pages 269-271. No outside
sources needed or wanted. Please remember this is for a sport management course.

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