The sports industry in the United Kingdom of Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) is diverse and complex primarily due to the existence of four distinct nations - England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Mass sports provision and parts of funding for elite international sports, particularly the Olympic and Paralympic teams are operated or supported by the government, while professional leagues run in a number of sports including football (soccer), rugby union, rugby league, cricket, basketball, netball, and ice hockey. At the core of many sports is a club system with participants joining local clubs affiliated to county and national associations. The voluntary sector is the backbone of British sport.
|Title of host publication||Sport Business in Leading Economies|
|Editors||J. Zhang, H. Huang, John Nauright|
|Place of Publication||Bingley|
|Publisher||Emerald Publishing Ltd|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Dec 2017|