Federated networks in England and Australia cricket: a model of economic dependency and financial insecurity

MILLAR, Robbie, PLUMLEY, Dan, WILSON, Robert and DICKSON, Geoff (2022). Federated networks in England and Australia cricket: a model of economic dependency and financial insecurity. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal.

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to critically examine the financial health and performance of the English and Australian cricket networks. This includes the county cricket clubs (CCC) and state and territory cricket associations (STCA) affiliated to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) respectively, as well as the ECB and CA themselves. We apply resource dependency theory to understand if there are any financial dependencies within the networks of cricket in England and Australia. Research Design: The data for this research was obtained from the financial statements of the ECB, the 18 affiliated CCCs, CA, and the six affiliated STCAs. This sample covers the last 5 years of financial information (2014-2019) for all the organisations at the time of writing. Ratio analysis was conducted on all organisations within the sample to assess financial health and performance. Findings: Both CCCs and STCAs show signs of poor financial health. There is a clear dependence on the financial support they receive from the ECB and CA respectively and this dependence appears more prominent in Australia. The ECB and CA have better financial health which ultimately allows them to financially support the CCCs and STCAs. Originality: The ECB and CA are facing difficult financial decisions to remain financially secure themselves due to the impact of COVID-19 but also to support their affiliated clubs. The affiliated clubs do not generate sufficient revenues and must diversity their revenue streams if they are to become financially self-sustaining. This financial structure and distribution mechanism will be vital in safeguarding the future of some of England’s and Australia’s most important cricket organisations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; 1504 Commercial Services
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/SBM-09-2021-0100
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 09:54
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 10:46
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30428

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