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Nicholas M. Watanabe, Grace Yan, Brian P. Soebbing and Wantong Fu

environment, more diversity is needed in regard to the subject, theoretical framework, and methodologies ( Mallen, 2017 ). For instance, in the discussions of sport consumers and the environment, the extant investigations primarily focus on consumers’ perceptions of sport organizations’ environmental policies

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Spencer Riehl, Ryan Snelgrove and Jonathon Edwards

significant program and policy changes. For example, in 2014, the Ontario Soccer Association in Canada mandated the removal of scorekeeping, standings, and reduced field sizes and travel for youth participants less than 12 years of age. This demonstrates how an organization has been able to adapt to a

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Brendan Dwyer, Joris Drayer and Stephen L. Shapiro

participation or DFS providers choose not to operate due to negative attorney general feedback ( Rodenberg, 2017 ). Other states have chosen to regulate the activity to protect consumers, and several other states are awaiting legislative decisions. Of chief concern among policy makers is the potential for

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Hojun Sung, Brian M. Mills and Michael Mondello

sport management and sport economics. In particular, much of the literature has sought to establish comprehensive fan demand functions to guide league and team strategies and policies regarding talent investment, scheduling, marketing, and management of sporting contest broadcasts. As revenue streams

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Jennifer E. McGarry

real-life problems, do not work enough with government, and do not publish in vehicles that influence business . . . policy and practice . . . We do have vehicles that reach managers, but these do not count for much . . . (p. 21) Our evaluation systems are imperiling external impact and incentivizing

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Jeeyoon Kim and Jeffrey D. James

Positive outcomes such as promotion of public health and salubrious effects are popular legitimizations of sport ( Chalip, 2006 ); realization of such outcomes is critical for emphasizing the value of sport and for the inclusion of sport in policy design and implementation. In sport marketing

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Rachel Arnold, David Fletcher and Jennifer A. Hobson

waned ( Wei Ong, Roberts, Arthur, Woodman, & Akehurst, 2016 ). Study Implications In terms of the implications for society and policy, it is crucial that leaders’, managers’, and organizations’ awareness is heightened regarding the presence and impact of dark leadership–management characteristics in

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Bryan E. Denham

This article addresses how The New York Times, through an investigative series on drug use and catastrophic breakdowns in U.S. horse racing, influenced policy initiatives across a 6-month period. Beginning with the March 25, 2012, exposé “Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys,” the article analyzes how the newspaper helped define policy conversations at both the state and national levels. The article also addresses how the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act of 2011, a fledgling piece of legislation, became what Kingdon described as a “solution in search of a problem” and thus a political lever in policy deliberations. Long recognized for its capacity to influence the content of other news outlets, the article concludes, The New York Times can also play an important role in legislative arenas, informing lawmakers of salient issues, as well as opportunities for substantive and symbolic policy actions.

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Jasper Truyens, Veerle De Bosscher and Popi Sotiriadou

Research on elite sport policy tends to focus on the policy factors that can influence success. Even though policies drive the management of organizational resources, the organizational capacity of countries in specific sports to allocate resources remains unclear. This paper identifies and evaluates the organizational capacity of five sport systems in athletics (Belgium [separated into Flanders and Wallonia], Canada, Finland, and the Netherlands). Organizational capacity was evaluated using the organizational resources and first-order capabilities framework (Truyens, De Bosscher, Heyndels, & Westerbeek, 2014). Composite indicators and a configuration analysis were used to collect and analyze data from a questionnaire and documents. The participating sport systems demonstrate diverse resource configurations, especially in relation to program centralization, athlete development, and funding prioritization. The findings have implications for high performance managers’ and policy makers’ approach to strategic management and planning for organizational resources in elite sport.

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Stephanie Cunningham, T. Bettina Cornwell and Leonard V. Coote

Despite the popularity of sponsorship-linked marketing programs, we know little about how firms form sponsorship policies. This article describes a corporate identity-sponsorship policy link and offers empirical support for it via a mixed method research design. Content analysis of 146 Fortune 500 companies’ online sponsorship policies and mission statements is followed by cluster, factor and multinomial regression techniques. Results show that corporate identity, as reflected in mission statements, matters to sponsorship policy. Specifically, companies emphasizing financial success in their mission statements prefer to sponsor individual athletes, education, the environment and health-related activities. Alternatively, companies stressing the importance of employees demonstrate a propensity to sponsor team sports, entertainment, religious, community, charity and business related activities. Reasons for these strategic differences are discussed.