Impression management in football club financial reporting



Morrow S (2006) Impression management in football club financial reporting. International Journal of Sport Finance, 1 (2), pp. 96-108.

The paper investigates the selection of accounting policies for intangible assets in the Italian football industry, focusing on the effects of the so-called salva calcio decree. Introduced by the Italian government, the decree effectively permitted clubs to amortise the asset of players’ registration rights over an arbitrary time period of ten years rather than over the length of players’ contracts, thus improving clubs’ reported financial position and performance. While adoption of the salva calcio decree had no direct cash flow effect, it had indirect economic consequences. It is argued that adoption of this policy by some Italian clubs was motivated by a form of legitimacy theory, whereby clubs sought to legitimise their financial position and performance with a view to meeting the licensing demands of football governing bodies. It also highlights the difficulty stakeholders face when trying to understand a football club’s financial results. Far from being neutral, figures in financial statements are value-laden.

Football finance; Soccer Italy; Soccer teams Italy; Soccer Economic aspects Italy

International Journal of Sport Finance: Volume 1, Issue 2

Publication date31/05/2006
Publication date online05/2006
PublisherWest Virginia University / Fitness Information Technology (FiT)
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