Costing Participation in Sport: The Best Option Dilemma of a Student-Athlete

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Michael Alcorn University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

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Rebecca Griffin, a student-athlete, is coming off the best off-season training program of her 8 years as a rower. She is highly motivated knowing that a strong summer season could propel her to be both a major contributor to her university team in the fall and a contender to make it to the National Under 23 team. However, before she can pursue her athletic dreams, she needs to decide where she is going to row this summer and figure out if she can afford to pay for it. She needs to assess and consider the benefits and drawbacks of her summer rowing club options. Her considerations include club registration fees, travel, equipment, coaching, and competition entry costs for each, and how they will contribute to her career goals in rowing. Therefore, while working toward her goals, Rebecca must consider the affordability of her options, and make the best decision she can.

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  • Foster, G., O’Reilly, N., & Dávila, A. (2020). Sports business management: Decision making around the globe (2nd ed.). Routledge.

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