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Daniel S. Mason, Marvin Washington, and Ernest A.N. Buist

Status and reputation have become increasingly important to cities seeking to differentiate themselves in a competitive global marketplace; sports events, franchises, and infrastructure have become a critical means to contest this. This article takes a grounded theory approach and develops a series of propositions on the basis of a single case study, making several important contributions to the literature. Although others have argued for an affiliation effect, this study sheds new light on how the affiliation mechanism works by including both positive and negative affiliations. In doing so, we reveal how cities are actively managed, how sports facilities emerge as status signals on the policy agenda of entrepreneurial cities, and how notions of status are articulated and mobilized by managers.

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Glynn M. McGehee, Armin A. Marquez, Beth A. Cianfrone, and Timothy Kellison

Stadium-construction projects are costly and affect the community—positively and negatively. At urban universities, these impacts extend beyond campuses into the broader community. Thus, athletic-department communication about the value of stadium projects to a diverse group of stakeholders becomes important. Following stakeholder theory, the purpose of the study was to investigate social-media messages disseminated by an urban university engaged in a stadium-redevelopment project (Georgia State University [GSU]) and the public response. A content analysis of Facebook and Twitter posts by GSU (N = 39) and the public response (N = 359) yielded 8 themes: a focus on athletics, a focus on university, informing about urban community development impact, explaining capital project funding source, maintaining the stadium legacy, promoting public–private partnerships, and understanding effects on transit. Findings support previous literature that organizational communication reflects organizational priorities.

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Brian P. Soebbing, Chad S. Seifried, and Patrick Tutka

eras of professional stadium construction ( Clapp & Hakes, 2005 ). Additional scholarship examined differences in the novelty effect between amateur/minor and major professional stadiums ( Gitter & Rhoads, 2014 ; Popp et al., 2018 ; Soebbing et al., 2016 ). For example, Gitter and Rhoads found that

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Alexander L. Curry and Tiara Good

in-stadium recollections, old ticket stubs from random games, favorite jerseys, etc.); speculation about what a return to baseball—if there would be a return at all—would look like; and there were practical concerns (e.g., ticket refunds, stadium construction, Tommy John surgeries, etc.). These

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Brian P. McCullough, Madeleine Orr, and Nicholas M. Watanabe

. doi:10.1080/14775080902965207 10.1080/14775080902965207 Pfahl , M. ( 2011 ). Sport and the natural environment: A strategic guide .  Dubuque, IA : Kendall Hunt . Porteshawver , A. ( 2010 ). Under review: Stadium construction and sate environmental policy acts . Marquette Sports Law Review

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Liz Wanless and Michael L. Naraine

technological innovation in a community sport organization . Journal of Sport Management, 26, 213 – 223 . Hong , S. , Magnusen , M.J. , & Coates , D. ( 2019 ). Collaborative innovation in professional sport stadium construction: An event history analysis

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Scott Tainsky, Brian M. Mills, Zainab Hans, and Kyunghee Lee

.A. ( 2013 ). Stadium construction and minor league baseball attendance . Contemporary Economic Policy, 32 ( 1 ), 144 – 154 . doi:10.1111/coep.2014.32.issue-1 10.1111/coep.12016 Goff , B. , Wilson , D.P. , Martin , W.C. , & Spurlock , B. ( 2015 ). Attendance effects of FBS transition and

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Cole G. Armstrong, Melissa Davies, Matthew Blaszka, and Ann Pegoraro

workers and a few key personnel into the stadium construction area, while the rest of the world learned about the brand entirely online. As part of this extended development time period, the Kraken were able to conduct extensive research to gather and pilot ideas around the team with invested fans

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Michael L. Naraine

first half of 2018 alone ( Kildune, 2018 ). Indeed, there is clearly an appetite for ICO investment, and the capital yielded from using blockchain and the technology stack could be significant leverage in negotiations with local city councils for new-stadium construction, or enough for a fully

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John Charles Bradbury

), Neale ( 1964 ), and Scully ( 1974 ) hypothesize that fans are attracted to on-field success through winning, but factors such as market demographics, competitiveness, and marquee player effects may also impact attendance. Following a stadium construction boom in the 1990s, researchers began to examine