Functions of National Sport Governing Bodies: A Network Perspective

Packianathan Chelladurai, Thierry Zintz


National sport governing bodies (NSGBs) are distinct from other nonprofits in that they are mechanisms instituted to govern other sport organizations that deliver the services in their respective sports.  This formal status places a NSGB at the summit or apex of a network of organizations dealing with the same sport.  This conceptual paper describes the nature of the apex of a network of sport organizations and describes the unique functions associated with that role.  


apex; apical functions; interorganizational networks; nonprofit organizations

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