General Article An analysis of the working conditions of professional sports players

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Executive summary

The study examined the working conditions of professional sports players of ice hockey, rugby, handball and basketball. The findings raise a number of interesting issues about life in professional sports, the way players are treated, their attitudes to their career after sport; their health, their financial provisions and how these sports are organised in various European member states. What follows below is a snapshot of the key issues raised by professional players about their working life, which ought to serve as an action plan for the representatives of players, their clubs and the leagues in which they work.

Players without a contract

Although the majority of players in the study have a formal contract with their club, there are still many who do not, raising issues such as security of employment and the application of employment legislation to protect their rights at work.

Late payment of wages

In a number of countries, regardless of the type of sport, m...

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