Articles in this issue:

  • Shannon Kerwin

    When Felicia was volunteering as the chair of the Transportation and Parking committee at the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships, she was placed in a role in which she had to make split-second decisions while the event was unfolding.  Because of this time-sensitive environment, she was not always able to make decisions that were congruent with the orders she received from her (paid) employee counterpart (i.e., the Director of Event Operations). While her decisions were task-related in that (for example) she was moving overflow parking to...Read more

  • Brady P. Horn
    Rodney Fort

    Referendum voting outcomes have proven informative about economic behavior in many areas of government spending. Primarily, analysis has been in education, health care, and nuclear power, but there is a growing literature in sports and entertainment economics. The economic analysis of voting outcomes has also proven effective in understanding the motivations of voters, sport and entertainment fans and non-fans, and politicians. This is true of what used to be referred to as “stand alone” facilities, and the growing modern approach that includes sport and entertainment facilities as part of...Read more

  • Mar Magnusen
    Samuel Todd

    Sport and entertainment organizations follow themes and best practices just like firms in other industries. Of late, the word “experience” is one of those themes. Just as “Starbucks goes out of its way to provide a unique experience before the customer even walks into one of its stores, sport organizations seek to do the same for their fans” (Turnali, 2013, para. 4). Ticket sales personnel are often taught to sell the experience of the event, concentrating on the elements that consumers may enjoy most about attending. Some clubs even go so far as to have an “Experience Center,” as the...Read more

  • Simon Chadwick

    In little more than 50 years, the Middle Eastern state of Qa-tar has become the richest per capita income country in the world. Qatar’s wealth is principally derived from its mineral reserves, most notably gas and oil. While the country has prospered from gas and oil revenues, it has created a dependency that exposes Qatar to, for example, price fluctuations in commodities markets. In this context, the country has formulated an industrial vision for the country that addresses the need both to broaden its industrial base and to utilize its oil and gas revenues in an efficient and...Read more

  • Stephen McKelvey

    Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt of an interview that was originally published in the September 2015 issue of Sport Marketing Quarterly (SMQ). To read this interview in its entirety or to learn more about SMQ, visit

    Geoff Moore is the chief revenue officer of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), which is an innovative sport and entertainment facility in Austin, Texas. In this interview he spoke extensively of the award-winning sustainability initiatives by the Circuit of the Americas, which can serve as a model for...Read more