Accounting and Popular Culture by Ingrid Jeacle

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The effect of the creation of a new league with its own broadcasting rights was profound. Before lucrative TV deals, the dominant income stream for clubs was ticket sales. If a club was relegated, it may have attracted fewer supporters to its games, and perhaps slightly lower ticket prices, but ticket revenues would not have fallen substantially. With the advent of TV revenue, relegated clubs would face reduced ticket revenues alongside the loss of the huge Premiership TV revenues. 7bn. The teams in the Premiership are either private or public limited companies.

This is where output measures are managed in such a way as to project the appearance of control externally while leaving actual operational efficiency untouched. Second, performance measures can colonize an organization and “penetrate deep into organizational practices”. Colonization brings the real danger that the “imposition of audit and related measures of audited performance leads to the opposite of what was intended” (Power, 1997, p. 98). While performance metrics can impact negatively on organisational performance, on an individual level, performance measures can make individuals feel isolated and frustrated.

They also have to provide the Premier League with an annual report on how their stated policies have been implemented and to what extent they have been achieved (All Party Football Group Inquiry Panel, 2009, p. 3). Thus the “official” Statist version of accountability is in line with the vulgate accountability outlined earlier in the paper. In order to interrogate the practice of this form of managerial accountability on the field of football we concentrate on one of the world’s most famous clubs, Manchester United Football Club (MU).

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