player migration

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The flow of professional sportspeople across national borders. There is a long history of player migration—black US boxers to England in the early 19th century, Indian cricketers to England in the late Victorian age, South American footballers to Europe in the mid 20th century, and black African footballers to European leagues in the later 20th century are just some examples. While player migration represents a principle of open opportunities and global markets in sport, it also leads to controversies concerning the national balance of sport teams, the rapidity of changed citizenship status, and the exploitative dynamic of advanced nations' recruitment of players from underdeveloped nations.

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