Gidon Jakar is a second-year PhD student in the Sports Management program at the University of Michigan. Gidon is also completing research conducted at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he completed a Masters in Urban and Regional Studies. He currently teaches an Undergraduate level course on the application of Mapping and Spatial Analytical tools in Sports Management using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Gidon’s intention is to devote the coming years to the research of the professional sports industry in post-industrial cities
SPORT FACILITY DEVELOPMENT: MUNICIPAL CAPITAL AND SHUTTING OUT THE PRIVATE SECTOR
Submitted for Publication
Gidon Jakar, Eran Razin, Gillad Rosen, and Mark S. Rosentraub (2017)
Israeli cities have recently placed the construction of state of the art stadiums and arenas high on their development agendas. Based on a detailed analysis of such projects in Israel's three major cities, we argue that in contrast to North American and European experiences, and to urban regime and growth coalition literature that emphasizes the significance of public-private partnerships in urban development, the private sector has actually been crowded out in Israel by public hegemonic control. Despite emerging neo-liberal traits in Israel’s urban management, sport facility development has been led by 'public regimes' based on municipal capital and public monopolization, including the central state affiliated national lottery and Toto (football betting). The small market and centralized political traditions could account for the exclusion of the private sector (the teams), and the little concern given to economic or strategic urban development returns in these large-scale public investments.
THE FINANCING AND DESIGN OF SPORTS VENUES, AND THE USE OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
Stephanie Gerretsen and Gidon Jakar
Abstract coming soon!