Sport Management Education Journal

Official Journal of the North American Society for Sport Management

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Print ISSN: 1938-6974            Online ISSN: 2163-2367

Volume 18 (2024): Issue 1 (Apr 2024)


SMEJ 2022 JIF: 1.7Sport Management Education Journal (SMEJ) promotes advancement of the body of knowledge in pedagogy as it relates to sport management education and disseminates knowledge about sport management courses, curricula, teaching, and faculty affairs. This established semiannual journal, publishing in April and October, addresses a range of issues concerning graduate and undergraduate education in sport management. Topics of interest include curriculum development, accreditation, employment competencies, effective teaching methods, experiential learning, online learning, and issues and trends in sport management education. Manuscripts based on conceptual, philosophical, and empirical inquiry will be considered for publication.

SMEJ also features a special section called Pedagogical Innovations. In an effort to encourage growth in the exchange of pedagogical practices in sport management, this section solicits contributions that aid SMEJ readers in both a scholarly and expressly practical manner. These submissions address the everyday needs of sport management educators and industry professionals in search of ideas that can be put to use immediately. Submission categories include Case Studies, Educational Research Reviews, and Essays, Dialogues, and Interviews.

SMEJ is also collaborating with the Teaching & Learning Fair held in conjunction with the NASSM conference to provide researchers an opportunity to publish works that are extended descriptions of presentations they made there. These submissions describe and explain a project or strategy that has been successfully implemented in the sport management classroom. The aim is to share practical ideas in a scholarly manner that is easily accessible and understandable.


The author(s) of each article appearing in this Journal is/are solely responsible for the content thereof; the publication of an article shall not constitute or be deemed to constitute any representation by the journal, NASSM, Editors, Editorial Board, reviewers, publisher, etc.

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David Shonk
James Madison University, USA

Immediate Past Editor

Robin Hardin, University of Tennessee (2018–2021)

Editors Emeriti

Michael Kanters, North Carolina State University (2006–2009)
Mary Hums, University of Louisville (2009–2012)
Damon Andrew, Louisiana State University (2012–2015)
Lynn Ridinger, Old Dominion University (2015–2018)

Associate Editor

Joshua Pate
Lees-McRae College, USA

Pedagogical Innovations Editor

Megan Shreffler
University of Louisville, USA

Teaching & Learning Fair Editor

Michael Odio
University of Cincinnati, USA

Editorial Board

Genevieve Birren, SUNY Cortland, USA

Joseph Cooper, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Zack Damon, Texas Tech University, USA

Leigh Ann Danzey-Bussell, Trevecca Nazarene University, USA

Melissa Davies, Ohio University, USA

Jaime DeLuca, Towson University, USA

Jeremy Foreman, University of Louisiana, USA

Elizabeth Gregg, University of North Florida, USA

Meg Hancock, University of Louisville, USA

Daniel Larson, University of Oklahoma, USA

Cindy Lee, West Virginia University, USA

Leeann Lower-Hoppe, The Ohio State University, USA

Michael Martinez, Louisiana State University, USA

Jillian McNiff Villemaire, Southern Connecticut State University, USA

Mitchell McSweeney, University of Minnesota, USA

Timothy Mirabito, Ithaca College, USA

Erin Morris, SUNY Cortland, USA

Adam Pfleegor, Siena College, USA

Amy Rundio, High Point University, USA

Jimmy Sanderson, Texas Tech University, USA

Jim Strode, Ohio University, USA

Elizabeth Taylor, Temple University, USA

Liz Wanless, Ohio University, USA

Clinton Warren, University of Minnesota, USA

Doyeon Won, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA

Human Kinetics Staff
Julia Glahn, Senior Journals Managing Editor

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Authors must submit their manuscripts through the journal’s ScholarOne online submission system. To submit, click the button below:

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Authorship Guidelines

The Journals Division at Human Kinetics adheres to the criteria for authorship as outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors*:

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

a. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
b. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
c. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
d. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Conditions a, b, c, and d must all be met. Individuals who do not meet the above criteria may be listed in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript. *

Authors who use artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted technologies (such as Large Language Models [LLMs], chatbots, or image creators) in their work must indicate how they were used in the cover letter and the work itself. These technologies cannot be listed as authors as they are unable to meet all the conditions above, particularly agreeing to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

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Manuscript Guidelines

All Human Kinetics journals require that authors follow our manuscript guidelines in regards to use of copyrighted material, human and animal rights, and conflicts of interest as specified in the following link:

The Sport Management Education Journal encourages the submission of manuscripts in a number of areas as they relate to diverse issues in the field of sport management education. Studies using quantitative and/or qualitative approaches are welcomed. The journal publishes research and scholarly review articles in the field of sport management education. 

Manuscript Preparation

Authors should follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition; Manuscripts must be submitted in American English. All tables, figure captions, and footnotes must be grouped together on pages separate from the body of the text. Reference citations in the text must be accurate concerning dates of publication and spelling of author names, and they must cross-check with those in the reference list. Manuscripts will be summarily rejected if they do not follow the APA guidelines.

Manuscripts submitted will be judged primarily on their substantive content, but writing style, structure, and length are very important considerations. Poor presentation is sufficient reason for the rejection of a manuscript. When first received, manuscripts will be evaluated by the editor in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio. Thus, manuscripts should be written as simply and concisely as possible. Papers should be no longer than 40 double-spaced pages (using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font), inclusive of references, tables, figures and appendices. The first page of the manuscript should include only the title of the manuscript. All manuscripts must include an abstract of 150–200 words and three to six keywords chosen from terms not used in the manuscript title. Line numbers should be embedded in the left margin beginning with the abstract to facilitate the review process. Line numbering should be continuous throughout the manuscript including the references.

Please note that a blind review process is used to evaluate manuscripts. As such, any clues to the author’s identity should be eliminated from the manuscript. The first page of the manuscript must not include author names or affiliations, but it should include the title of the paper and the date of submission.

Manuscripts must not be submitted to another journal while under review by the Sport Management Education Journal nor should manuscripts have been previously published. Manuscripts are read by reviewers, and the review process generally takes approximately 12 weeks. Manuscripts will be evaluated in terms of topical relevance, theoretical and methodological adequacy, and clarity of explanation and analysis. Authors should be prepared to provide the data and/or research instrument(s) on which the manuscript is based for examination if requested by the editor. Comments from reviewers concerning manuscripts along with the editorial decision are made available to authors. 

Submissions that are rejected (i.e., that do not receive a minor- or major-revision decision and invitation to resubmit) should not be resubmitted to SMEJ per the Publication Manual of the APA (7th ed., 2020, p. 381).

Questions about the journal or manuscript submission should be directed to the Editor of the journal, David Shonk, at

Pedagogical Innovations

In an effort to encourage growth in the exchange of pedagogical practices in sport management, a Pedagogical Innovations section of the journal has been established. This section is designed to solicit a variety of original and creative contributions that will aid SMEJ readers in both a scholarly and practical manner. Therefore, these submissions should advance new and inventive pedagogical practices or improvements on established teaching methods. They also should address the everyday needs of sport management educators in search of ideas that can be put to use immediately.

Contributions to this section will vary in length. Essays, Dialogues, & Interviews are usually limited to 2,000 words. Case Studies and Educational Research Reviews should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words inclusive of references, tables, figures, and appendices, allowing readers to digest a large amount of material in a usable form. Additionally, articles should be written in a brief, easy-to-read, ready-to-use format, and, depending on the subject matter, focus on specific activities and include lists of steps and necessary resources.

Submission categories for the Pedagogical Innovations section include the following:

Case Studies

Case studies should be developed in order to provide readers with an abbreviated but adequate understanding of a particular theory (e.g., social identification theory, LMX theory), research topic (e.g., consumer satisfaction, organizational politics, realistic job previews), or business issue (e.g., screening possible interns, creating a school or conference television network) and its application to a particular sport industry realm. The business issue may pertain to a real event or a fictitious scenario created by the authors to illustrate a potential business problem and possible solutions. Case studies published in the Pedagogical Innovations section of SMEJ should contain two sections:

1. The case study narrative. Case study narratives should be written in a way that engrosses and holds the interests of students. The narrative of the case should be preceded by an abstract of no more than 150 words.

2. The instructor teaching notes. Teaching notes should include advice for instructors about the target audience of the case, the learning objectives, the particular theories and frameworks used, discussion questions, and strategies for using the case in the classroom. This section also may include supporting materials to be used in the case, such as tables, charts, and exhibits.

The case study and teaching notes should be prepared as a single document. Both sections combined should be between 4,000 and 6,500 words. If more space is needed, please contact the section editor prior to submitting your manuscript.

Educational Research Reviews

Papers submitted as educational reviews should be focused on one of three content areas: research reviews, theoretical reviews, or instructional technique reviews. An abstract of no more than 150 words should be included with the review. Authors interested in submitting a manuscript to the Educational Research Reviews section should make clear the nature of their content and why it is relevant to sport management instructors and students (future sport professionals). The rationale that a review is needed because a given phenomenon has not been adequately examined in sport, for example, is not sufficient justification for a review. Instead, if a topic has not been extensively examined in the sport literature, authors should consider how a focal phenomenon has been studied in the relevant literatures (e.g., business, education, psychology) and then build a case for why infusing this phenomenon into our sport management curricula and work is important. The following questions may also help guide authors in the development of their manuscript:

  • What is the sum of the ways a focal phenomenon is studied in the sport literature? In other words, provide a summary of key studies.
  • What is the problem? What is the gap in the literature?
  • Why is the problem important? That is, why is it important to address the gap in the literature?
  • Does the proposed review address the problem (bridge the gap)?
  • In addressing the problem, does the review make a strong case as to why it represents a worthwhile contribution to the sport management discipline?
  • What are the implications of the review for sport management educators and professionals?

Option 1: Research reviews provide a thorough examination of the body of research on a single topic or a collection of similar or related topics. Research reviews go above and beyond a general review of the literature. Authors interested in writing a research review should identify a phenomenon (e.g., consumer behavior, leadership, recruiting) that is both important and relevant to the study and practice of sport management. After doing that, authors should identify a problem with the current state of research about this phenomenon, explain the importance of the problem, state how their review will address the knowledge gap, and then critically review and synthesize the relevant scholarship. Research reviews also should include a detailed take-home message for sport management instructors. This component of the research review brings together in an applied fashion the aggregate body of information compiled in the literature review.

Option 2: Theoretical reviews critically describe the evolution of theories and the way they are understood in different contexts, with particular attention being paid to sport contexts. Much like a research review, a theoretical review should identify a phenomenon (e.g., consumer satisfaction, leadership) and make the case for studying it. From there, having identified the phenomenon, authors should identify popular theoretical explanations of the chosen phenomenon. What are the strengths and weaknesses of these theoretical explanations? Does research support the identified theoretical explanations? Which theory may hold the most promise for understanding the identified phenomenon and, thus, should be taught to sport management students? Indeed, in answering the latter questions, authors should make clear how they are proposing the sport management discipline can move a particular theory forward to better understand a phenomenon.

Option 3: Instructional technique reviews explore instructional techniques (both methods and methodologies) used in education. This sort of review varies slightly from the other review options because there may not be many scholarly sources on typical ways a particular concept is taught in sport management courses. Consequently, findings gaps in the literature may be very difficult. Therefore, authors should focus on a particular area of sport management (e.g., human resource management, finance, marketing, sales) and explain how an undergraduate or graduate course in this area can be taught in new and interesting ways. Simply sharing teaching tactics is not appropriate for this section. Authors should provide sufficient background information about the nature and purpose of the sport management course, their proposed method of teaching students about the cognate area, and why the chosen approach is valuable to sport management instructors. If possible, authors should also make a strong connection to the learning theories and relevant scholarship upon which their proposed methods for teaching a sport management course are based. Lastly, authors should provide clear instructions as to how their teaching methods can be integrated into sport management classrooms by fellow instructors.

Essays, Dialogues, & Interviews

The journal seeks a wide variety of provocative manuscripts on current and future issues and trends in teaching, learning, and sport management education for this section of the journal. Authors should limit their submission to approximately 2,000 words.

Essays are original commentaries or critiques that are theoretically or scholarly driven, rather than opinion-based. Such submissions should be well-reasoned and thought-provoking. An essay may focus on ideas and concepts essential to sport management education, emerging trends, and issues raised at conferences or symposiums. For example, an essay may expand upon a concept from a conference presentation and how implementation of that subject may enhance sport management education (while supported by literature). Rather than documenting narrative accounts of author experiences using specific instructional technologies, techniques, courses, or program creation, essay contributions may reflect upon those experiences and offer substantial scholarly support as to why those experiences may be beneficial to sport management education. Essays may also address a specific issue or topic in sport management and the applicability to sport management education or the integration into curriculum.

Dialogues are responses to papers previously published in SMEJ and should be respectful, thought-provoking, and supported through literature. Authors interested in submitting a paper as a dialogue should reference the original published work, offer a response to the work, and support that response with published literature or theoretical framing. Submissions may be an opposing or alternative view in response to a published article, or a response that expands previously published work to enhance the understanding of issues within sport management education.

Interviews are discussions with academics, educators, and business or thought leaders that would be of interest to the SMEJ readership. Interviews may take the shape of a Q&A, but should be largely focused toward deep discussions with the subject that relates to education in sport management. For example, a Q&A with an industry professional about his/her work is not ideal for this section. Instead, authors should consider a focused interview with multiple professionals about a topic of interest to sport management education or a deep discussion with a thought leader about such an issue. Authors should be mindful that interviews would ideally relate back to theoretical or scholarly work within the field. The following questions may help guide authors in development of an interview submission:

  • What is the phenomenon being discussed and why is it important for sport management education?
  • How can a better understanding of this phenomenon from a professional or academic perspective help advance sport management education?
  • Why should sport management educators hear from the person or people being interviewed?
  • How does this interview relate back to scholarly work in sport management education?

Authors are encouraged to consult the Pedagogical Innovations editor with their submission ideas for this section.

Exemplary Contributions

Exemplary Contributions are invited from prominent scholars and practitioners. Note: Uninvited manuscripts are not accepted for this section.

NASSM Teaching & Learning Fair

SMEJ is collaborating with the Teaching & Learning Fair held in conjunction with the NASSM conference to provide researchers an opportunity to publish works that are extended descriptions of presentations from the Teaching & Learning Fair. The goal of these submissions is to describe and explain a project or strategy that has been successfully implemented in the sport management classroom. The aim is to share practical ideas in a scholarly manner that is easily accessible and understandable. The submission should contain references, comparisons to related works, and other details that could not be included in the Teaching & Learning Fair presentation due to word restrictions.

The Teaching & Learning Fair submission should not be written as a qualitative or quantitative study. It should be written as a conceptual application in which the author(s) describe a learning or teaching theory and explain how they integrated it into their classroom experiences. The overall context of the submission should provide inspiration to sport management educators who may be interested in revising or adding pedagogical strategies into their sport management classes.


Only proposals of an accepted and presented submission from the most recent NASSM Teaching & Learning Fair will be considered.


  • Each submission is limited to a maximum of 2,500 words (not including references).
  • The submission should not include an abstract; type "None required" in the abstract box on ScholarOne.
  • All submissions will undergo a blind review by at least two reviewers who will be assigned by the Teaching & Learning Fair section editor.
  • It is suggested that the author(s) provide the following sections: (a) an introduction; (b) a description of the primary teaching or learning theory (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, experiential, lecture, etc.) as well as how the project or strategy is related to a teaching or learning theory; (c) a description of how the author(s) implemented the project or strategy into the class. This would provide a brief explanation of items the instructor would deem to be important as a basis of using the project or strategy, such as the class type (e.g., marketing, introduction to sport management, finance, communication), level of class (undergraduate or graduate), number of students; (d) a discussion regarding the benefits to the students and for the instructor resulting from use of the project or strategy.
  • Submissions will be evaluated in terms of (a) significance of the topic to sport management education, (b) conceptualization of primary teaching or learning theory, (c) content organization, and (d) writing quality.

Submission Guidelines

The cover page for the manuscript should clearly state that the submission is for the Teaching & Learning Fair section of SMEJ.

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Authors should submit their manuscript through ScholarOne (see submission button at the top of this page), the online submission system for the Sport Management Education Journal. ScholarOne manages the electronic transfer of manuscripts throughout the article review process while providing step-by-step instructions and a user-friendly design. Please access the site and follow the directions for authors submitting manuscripts.

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