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Evaluating the Implementation of a Professional Sport Team’s Corporate Community Involvement Initiative

Lisa Kihl, Kathy Babiak, and Scott Tainsky

As corporate community initiatives (CCI) in sport are becoming an important dimension of corporate social responsibility, a key issue is evaluating the quality of the processes by which they are delivered and how they are managed. The purpose of this study was to explore the implementation process of a professional sport team’s CCI using program evaluation theory (Chen, 2005). Interviews were conducted with 42 key stakeholders (team executives, partnership implementers, participants, parents, coaches) from one Major League Baseball team’s CCI to understand critical processes involved in CCI implementation and execution. The findings showed concerns in the quality of program implementation with the: 1) the partnership agreement, 2) the ecological context, 3) protocol and implementation, and 4) target population. We propose an iterative model of program evaluation for use in the sport context. We conclude the paper with recommendations for further research in this area and implications for practitioners.

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Renewable Energy Source Diffusion in Professional Sport Facilities

Liz Wanless, Chad Seifried, and Tim Kellison

programs to more sophisticated programs like zero-waste and renewable energy sourcing ( McCullough et al., 2016 ). Despite the fact many venues are owned by public entities rather than a professional sport organization, the primary tenant nevertheless may heavily influence decisions related to a venue

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Analogous Forecasting for Predicting Sport Innovation Diffusion: From Business Analytics to Natural Language Processing

Liz Wanless and Michael L. Naraine

innovations diffuse within professional sport. Wanless et al. ( 2022 ) provided a platform for this line of inquiry with the initial inclusion of diffusion modeling application to professional sport as a social system in their investigation of natural language processing (NLP) diffusion timing. However

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What Does Entrepreneurship Add to the Understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility Management in Sport?

Cleo Schyvinck, Kathy Babiak, Bram Constandt, and Annick Willem

Professional sport organizations are increasingly expected to behave in a socially responsible manner, and research has acknowledged the role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in professional sport organizations to positively impact the organization, its stakeholders, and society at large

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Experience-Based Leadership Development and Professional Sport Organizations

Stephen Frawley, Daniel Favaloro, and Nico Schulenkorf

professional sport organizations, with the intent of providing insights into their experience-based leadership development practices. To achieve this research aim, the paper begins by outlining the relevant leadership development literature and the theoretical perspectives that inform the empirical study. The

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Everyday Things Change: Australian Athlete Communication During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Lewis Whales, Stephen Frawley, Adam Cohen, and Natalia Nikolova

practices before the coronavirus pandemic. Professional sport leagues represent cartel-like structures of organizations that must cooperate to achieve their individual and collective interests ( Smith & Stewart, 2010 ). In the case of the SSN, these include the national sporting organization (NSO), state

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How League and Community Affect Corporate Philanthropy in Professional Sport: A Multiple Field Embeddedness Perspective

Daniel Yang and Kathy Babiak

As public interest in social responsibility in business has increased, professional sport teams have also recognized the importance of their social role in their communities ( Kihl, Babiak, & Tainsky, 2014 ). The growth of socially responsible programs and initiatives in this industry has led

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Dropping the Amateur: The International Association of Athletics Federations and the Turn Toward Professionalism

April Henning and Jörg Krieger

. 75 Rather, the IAAF defined the trust funds as a “soft transition” from amateur to professional sport. Significantly, the IAAF Council also invited active athletes for the first time to a Council meeting to hear their opinions on the trust funds. The four athletes voiced discontent with the trust

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Still an “Old Boys’ Club”? Certified Mental Performance Consultants’ Gender-Typed Sport Specialization and Employment Setting

Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu, Ellea Bachmeier, and Taylor Mair

their perceived gender (and other intersecting identities). More specifically, this study explored the role of gender in sport psychology professionals’ gender-typed (masculine, feminine, and gender-neutral) sport specialization; employment setting (professional sport, collegiate sport, military, and

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Exploring Off-Season Content and Interaction on Facebook: A Comparison of U.S. Professional Sport Leagues

Rebecca M. Achen, John Kaczorowski, Trisha Horsmann, and Alanda Ketzler

sport scholars to expand empirical studies and provide strong frameworks for studying social media in sport, the purpose of the current study was to move beyond explaining how sport teams are using social media and instead examine how fans are engaging with content posted by professional sport teams on