Anthony D. Pizzo
Bradley J. Baker
Sangwon Na
Mi Ae Lee
Doohan Kim
and Daniel C. Funk

eSports–organized video game competitions–are growing in popularity, with top tournaments drawing crowds of spectators rivaling traditional sporting events. Understanding the extent to which eSport operates similarly to traditional sport is vital to developing marketing strategies for the eSport industry and informing academic research on eSport. Prior research has examined eSports in isolation from traditional sports, overlooking direct comparisons to understand the degree to which eSport spectators are motivated similarly to traditional sport spectators. The current study measures widely...Read more

Joris Drayer
Stephen L. Shapiro
and Brendan Dwyer

Despite the high levels of team identification associated with many sport fans, previous research has established that even these consumers must be enticed with offers that are perceived to be good values before making a purchase. The current study examined three key areas related to perceived value in a spectator sport setting. First, we tested and confirmed the mediating effect of perceived value on the relationship between team identification and purchase intention in the context of sport event tickets. Second, we examined search intention as a behavioral outcome in an environment (i.e...Read more

Christopher Lee and Lynn Kahle

In spite of the prominence of social media within sport marketing and increased attention from researchers, very few studies have looked at the linguistic makeup of social media content in sport. The values and emotions a company tweets convey important information about brands and marketing efforts. The research used two studies to computationally analyze thousands of tweets from four baseball teams and four apparel companies. Results show unique relations between values and emotions across both baseball teams and apparel companies. As an example, Nike communicated the value sense of...Read more

Mark Nagel and Todd C. Koesters

An interview with Adam Lippard, head of Global Sports and Entertainment Consulting, GMR Marketing.Read more

Michael Hutchinson
Cody T. Havard
Brennan K. Berg
and Timothy D. Ryan

The chime of a new email went initially unnoticed as Sarah Fletcher finished reading yet another reporter’s critique of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). It had been six weeks since UAB president Ray Watts announced the decision to discontinue the university’s Division I football program. While the proverbial dust had settled, some stakeholder groups1 remained discontent following the controversial decision to become the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program to disband in nearly 20 years. As the director of marketing for the UAB athletic department, Fletcher felt...Read more

An interview with Joyce Caron-Mercier, vice president of The Specialized Marketing Group.Read more

An interview with Grant Jostol, Business Data Analyst for the Seattle Mariners.Read more

Chad Witkemper
Choong Hoon Lim
Adia Waldburger

This study examined what motives and constraints influence Sport Twitter Consumption (STC) in regard to following athletes. Furthermore, the study attempted to cultivate a reliable and valid model through which researchers and practitioners can measure Twitter consumption-related motivations and constraints. The proposed combined model consisted of 12 items with four measures of motivation (i.e., information, entertainment, pass time, and fanship) and 12 items with four measures of constraints (i.e., accessibility, economic, skills, social). Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) method with a...Read more

Natasha T. Brison

The U.S. carbonated soft-drink market posted a 2.1% volume decline in 2009, according to trade publication Beverage Digest (O’Leary, 2010). This was the fifth consecutive yearly decline for this market, and corporations have credited the loss to Americans choosing to seek bottled water as a healthier alternative to carbonated soft-drinks. In an effort to combat decreasing sales, corporations have developed products in the nutrient-enhanced water category. These enhanced waters are fortified with vitamins and nutrients, and tout health benefits beyond mere hydration. For example, these...Read more

Ted Peetz
Lamar Reams

Sport marketing research has continued to evolve since the first issue of Sport Marketing Quarterly (SMQ) was published in 1992. While examining the content of academic publications in the field of sport marketing has occurred, an analysis of SMQ’s first 20 years of publication has not been conducted until now. In order to gain an understanding of sport marketing’s body of knowledge it is important to conduct analyses of the research the field produces (Pitts, 2002). The purpose of this study was to conduct a content analysis of SMQ from its inception in September 1992 (Volume 1, Issue 1)...Read more

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