This dissertation deals with questions of regulatory power in a global age. Contradictions of national and global authority are discussed along the lines of the global entertainment industry and its regulation. From an inquiry of two giant global industries, the sport industry and the sport betting industry, these research findings tell a story about the authority of the nation-state and its connection to sport governing bodies via the subject of sport integrity and sport betting. To specify the global characteristics of these markets and regulatory challenges, this dissertation explains and maps the topography of remote gambling operators and the risks they pose to sport integrity. To obtain regulatory purchase over challenges of match-fixing and sport corruption requires political economy maneuvering and inventive governance techniques. Based on a selected body of political science, sociology, international relations, and communications literatures and a number of case studies, this dissertation argues that new relationships between authority and production are emerging. This dissertation puts forward an argument on the nature and capacity of what some call, thin air products. It traces the legal, judicial, state, and commercial actors involved in the production one particular thin air product – sport betting rights.
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