Data ownership, athlete rights and the global sports gambling industry

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This chapter examines the shifting significance of data ownership and athlete rights as they pertain to the growth and expansion of the global sports gambling industry. It provides a nuanced overview of the ‘dataification’ of society, tracing how the omnipresent embrace of digital technologies has expediated new forms of organisational, political and corporate surveillance from which concerns over privacy, rights to ownership and the misuse of personal data arise. It then examines how the extraction and trade of data has revolutionised how elite sport is performed, manufactured, broadcast and consumed, shedding critical light on the role of the gambling industry in the exchange of human data as a market commodity. These insights inform a series of socio-legal and ethical questions about the relationships between athlete data and the sports gambling industry for the purpose of signposting emerging issues and opportunities for critical sociological research and intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGambling and Sport in a Global Age
EditorsDarragh McGee, Dunn Christopher
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2023


  • Gambling
  • Sport
  • Data
  • Technology
  • Rights


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