Articles in this issue:

  • David J. Berri

    Critical to the success of any (sport) entertainment organization is its ability to evaluate talent and recruit the best performers. Entertainment is a star-driven industry and the success of a team, event, or entertainment product (such as a movie, theater show, or concert) is often dependent on the ability of the organization to select the right performer for their entertainment property (Elberse, 2013). Among all forms of entertainment, sport might have it the easiest in recruiting and evaluating talent, as unlike other forms of entertainment, the performance of athletes is grounded in...Read more

  • Daniel A. Rascher and Michael M. Goldman

    Almost every month brings another attention-grabbing headline about a city or country considering a bid for a major sporting or entertainment event. Politicians, business executives, and excited fans weigh in about the possible costs and benefits, with limited numbers provided about the possible economic impact, and even less said about how these numbers were calculated. Most recently, LeBron James’ return to Cleveland was estimated by Bloomberg to boost the city’s economy by $215 million annually, while Cuyahoga County’s projections were more than double this number. A concert of Jay-Z...Read more

  • In an age where we have unlimited access to entertainment through television, computers, handheld devices (e.g., tablets, digital audio players), and mobile phones, many entertainment venues are struggling to keep up attendance and to differentiate themselves from the living room and mobile entertainment experience. Yet, no matter how many people are invited to your viewing party, it does not approximate the thousands sitting in the venue itself, which provides a sensory experience that is unmatched at home, let alone on your mobile device. If we think about this for a moment, we could...Read more

  • Mary A. Hums and Eli A. Wolff

    One of the true joys of working in a sport or entertainment management program is the interdisciplinary nature of our fields. As professors, we have a choice to pursue interests in related fields such as sociology, psychology, marketing, management, history, political science, or anthropology. We may also define ourselves as theoretical researchers, practitioner-oriented consultants, administrators, and/ or teachers. Working in academia, we will likely take on a number of these roles at different points or our professional lives. While we value these roles, the authors of this article...Read more