Emergence of the unfair competition issue in United States' recreation Academic Article uri icon


  • Historically in the United States, there were clear lines of demarcation between recreation activities that were the prerogative of the public sector and those of the private sector. These boundaries have been eroded with the result that friction between service providers is now common and has become a prominent policy debate in many jurisdictions. The paper first discusses the issue in the context of campgrounds and recreation/fitness centres, since these have been especially controversial areas. Subsequently, illustrations are offered of a wide array of other contexts in which the problem is emerging. The concluding section reviews unfair competition disputes that have arisen between commercial fitness clubs and nonprofit organizations such as YMCAs. 1998 E & FN Spon.

published proceedings

  • Managing Leisure

author list (cited authors)

  • Crompton, J. L.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Crompton, John L

publication date

  • January 1998