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Corporate Governance and Financial Stability of the English Premier League (EPL) Before and During COVID-19.

Young, S. and Abdoush, T., 2022. Corporate Governance and Financial Stability of the English Premier League (EPL) Before and During COVID-19. International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation. (In Press)

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Abstract

This study aims to explore the relationship between corporate governance and the financial stability of football clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) before and during COVID-19 pandemic. Using data collected manually from the annual reports over the period 2018-2020, the key findings have revealed that smaller boards, with less independent directors, more female directors, more directors with managerial ownership, and a Big Four audit firm, have helped football clubs to retain financial stability and improve firm performance during the pandemic. In particular, a diverse board with more female directors, and a Big4 audit firm, seem to yield the most significant results across all proxies of financial stability. Policymakers and regulators would benefit from these findings to promote governance arrangements with significant impact on the EPL financial stability, while investors and club owners should also consider adapting those specific practices to retain their club’s financial stability over the long run.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1740-8008
Uncontrolled Keywords:Corporate Governance; Financial Stability; Football Clubs; English Premier League (EPL); Board of Directors; Board Diversity; Female Directors; Big4 Auditor; Intangible Assets; UK; COVID-19 Pandemic.
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:37268
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Jul 2022 13:22
Last Modified:25 Jul 2022 13:43

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