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N. David Pifer

, respectively, as sections that were to look more exclusively at what data analysis can tell us about home-field advantage, rivalry (derby) matches, and the players who should have been selected by Germany for the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. However, they were all

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Ju Young Lee

,” begins by exemplifying the power that sport has. For example, it describes the huge audiences and estimated economic values of sporting megaevents such as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup and how such major sporting events influence and are entwined with our everyday lives (referring, e.g., to water

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Claudio M. Rocha

international airport and the construction of the bus rapid transportation system. These transformations started in that period because they targeted the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Specific transformations to host the OG were not made until the end of this first period. For example, the construction of the Barra

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Kelsey Slater

, ultimately, he has found that there is an overwhelming trend toward economic and environmental burden to the hosting nation. This interview is a good fit for this special issue on “Communication and Soccer,” as Zimbalist discusses many implications for the future of megaevents including the FIFA World Cup

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Michael B. Devlin, Kenon A. Brown, Natalie Brown-Devlin and Andrew C. Billings

With nearly two billion viewers, broadcast coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, garnered the attention of more than a quarter of the world’s population ( Publicis, 2018 ), a feat rarely matched by anything other than previous Olympic Games or FIFA World Cup

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

of all production and consumption behaviors related to an event. Probably the most visible sporting events to utilize environmental reporting are the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. On a smaller scale

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Andressa Silva, Fernanda V. Narciso, Igor Soalheiro, Fernanda Viegas, Luísa S.N. Freitas, Adriano Lima, Bruno A. Leite, Haroldo C. Aleixo, Rob Duffield and Marco T. de Mello

international competitions in a period of 4 years and registered 88.7 injuries every 1000 hours of gameplay. Furthermore, 104 injuries were recorded in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, equivalent to 50.8 injuries every 1000 hours of gameplay. 13 It is concerning when poor recovery may be a contributing factor in

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Mathieu Winand, Matthew Belot, Sebastian Merten and Dimitrios Kolyperas

2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup, which attracts the most social media attention of football’s major international competitions. The time period also overlapped with the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (Canada, August 5–24) and FIFA World Cup (Morocco, December 10–20). It was a deliberate choice to focus on

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Bob Heere, Henry Wear, Adam Jones, Tim Breitbarth, Xiaoyan Xing, Juan Luis Paramio Salcines, Masayuki Yoshida and Inge Derom

how sport events, such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Summer Games ( Florek, Breitbarth, & Conejo, 2008 ; Jones, 2015 ; Li & Kaplanidou, 2013 ; Ritchie & Smith, 1991 ), have changed the destination image of the city. What is missing from these evaluations is what leverage tactics the

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Nicholas Burton and Cheri Bradish

de Football Association (FIFA) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)—has been most frequently leveraged in ambush-marketing campaigns. The creation of category exclusivity and the implementation of rights bundling for the 1982 FIFA World Cup and 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games