Articles in this issue:

  • Pascal Courty

    Ticket pricing is about selling the right seat to the right individual at the right time. The decreasing costs of data analytics and ticket distribution, together with the general frustration from the large gains captured by professional resellers in highly visible online secondary markets, have stimulated a wave of pricing innovation by event organizers, ticket distributors, and online marketplaces for the sport and entertainment industries. Event organizers can keep track in real time of the top selling seats and respond with price changes and targeted promotions. Online resale markets...Read more

  • Packianathan Chelladurai

    Sir Alex Ferguson, former manager of the Manchester United Football Club made the above statement in his interview with Harvard Business Review. He is not the only or the first coach to say that a coach needs to be authoritarian and autocratic in dealing with the team. The image of the “autocratic coach” is well illustrated throughout the entertainment world. For example, in the 2000 film titled “Remember the Titans,” Coach Boone declared to his team “This is no democracy. It is a dictatorship. I am the law” (IMDb, 2014).Read more

  • Rodney Paul and Andrew Weinbach

    It is easy to find betting market information about upcoming sporting events. Point spreads, totals, and odds appear on websites, television, and newspapers, even though in most places in the United States placing wagers on these events is illegal. Although these numbers seem to be most important to bettors (legally or illegally), there seems to be some inherent value in having these pieces of information available to the general public and as entertainment tools. On the surface, it might appear that knowledge of betting markets may be of little use to sport and entertainment industry...Read more

  • Rui Biscaia

    Attending live sporting events is a popular leisure and entertainment activity in contemporary European societies, none more important than football (the sport Americans refer to as soccer). For example, according to Deloitte’s (2014) annual report about the football industry, the top 20 European clubs generated combined revenues of over €5.4 billion in 2012-13, including almost €1.2 billion in gate receipts. However, due to myriad aspects such as the difficult economic environment in many countries, the increased competition of other leisure/entertainment activities, the importance of...Read more

  • Mathew Knowles

    I remember my first visit to Bentonville, Arkansas. If you’ve been there, you know that Bentonville offers no frills. Simple airport, simple lodging, and simple but honest people who are there for each other. That doesn’t surprise me as it confirmed the vision of Sam Walton: “If we work together, we’ll lower the cost of living for everyone … we’ll give the world an opportunity to see what it’s like to save and have a better life” (“Mission of Walmart,” n.d.).Read more