Performance-enhancing drugs, sport and corporate governance: Lessons from an Australian football club

Michael Duffy, Matthew Nichol

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Performance-enhancing or ‘supplements’ usage in sport presents a challenge for sporting clubs and leagues internationally and is, in large part, a legal and governance issue. The authors argue that the increasing commercialization of sport points to the conclusion that it is better that corporate governance has a significant role to play in modern sporting clubs in avoiding such problems. The recent experience of the Essendon Australian Rules Football Club is examined at some length as are the corporate governance practices of other Australian Football League clubs. The article concludes with recommendations for improvements to corporate governance practice in sporting clubs, including increased use of independent directors and board subcommittees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-111
Number of pages28
JournalCommon Law World Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • corporate governance
  • sport
  • not-for-profit
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • agency theory
  • directors’ duties
  • anti-doping

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