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In Protection of Whose “Wellbeing”? Considerations of “Clauses and A/Effects” in Athlete Contracts

Kohe, Geoff and Purdy, L.G. (2016) In Protection of Whose “Wellbeing”? Considerations of “Clauses and A/Effects” in Athlete Contracts. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 40 (3). pp. 218-236. ISSN Print 0193-7235 Online 1522-7638

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Contractual agreements have become an accepted part of participation processes for athletes in a variety of sport contexts. Closer readings of these contracts,however, pose several questions regarding organizational intentions and motivations,the conceptualization of athletes as “workers,” and representation parity. In this article, we draw on four types of athlete contractual documents from both select
international “amateur” and “professional” sport settings. Our key considerations include athletes’ ownership over their image and identities; medical and health disclosures; lifestyle, behavioral and body choices, and restrictions beyond sport; adherence to organizational philosophy and commitments; and social media and publicity constraints. Our exegesis here encourages sport researchers to deliberate
whose “wellbeing” matters most when signing that seductive dotted line.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: athletes, contracts, sports workers, legal clauses
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Geoff Kohe
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 09:30
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:09

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