- 一般社団法人 日本体育学会体育社会学専門領域
- 年報 体育社会学 (ISSN:24344990)
- pp.22-03-001, (Released:2022-02-14)
In today’s society, involvement in matters affecting the public is required not only of the national government and local governments, but also of for-profit companies, non-profit organizations and local communities; so, non-profit organizations, in particular, are expected to play a role in seeking the opinions of local residents while negotiating with the various sectors. In Bundesliga, Germany, where non-profit corporations hold the voting rights in professional soccer clubs, there are cases where professional soccer clubs mediate between local governments, businesses, and local residents while playing a common sector role.In this study, we take the example of the Giravanz Kitakyushu Open Mind Program, which offers support for those suffering from social withdrawal, to show that Japanese professional soccer clubs run by for-profit companies also play a common sector role. We illustrate the special role played by non-profit organizations, formed in response to regional issues unconnected to economic matters, in which they negotiate with other sectors, and how there are legal and institutional issues that arise in the course of their performing this role.