Sport, as a practice or spectacle, generates numerous externalities (social ties, education, health, etc.) and also presents certain specificities (e.g. the public's preference for the uncertainty of the outcome). These elements associated with the modes of delivery of activities (mainly associative framework based on voluntary work) explain why sport is in most countries a (quasi) public service, financed by direct and/or indirect subsidies.
The Regulation of Sport Unit focuses on the links between the (para)public sphere and the world of sport through a multidisciplinary approach (economics, strategic management, sociology, history). Through its training and research activities, delivered within a university framework or through mandates entrusted by international sports federations, the unit is also interested in the (self-)regulation mechanisms of this atypical sector of activity.