Specificity of Sport: The Important Role of Sport in Society

  • Katrien Lefever
Part of the ASSER International Sports Law Series book series (ASSER)


Sport is characterised by two dimensions: economic and societal. Over the years, the sports sector has become a fast-growing economic sector. However, sport is much more than big business. It has been recognised that sport has a significant social role to play in our society in bringing people together and contributing to social cohesion. Article 165 of the TFEU has officially recognised this specificity of sport. As a result, when the European institutions deal with the public’s right to information with regard to sports events, the societal role of sport can no longer be denied.


European Commission Sport Event Fair Play Football Club Lisbon Treaty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law, Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICTKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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