Sport Consumer Behavior Research: Improving Our Game

in Journal of Sport Management
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  • 1 Temple University
  • | 2 Bournemouth University
  • | 3 Deakin University
  • | 4 Central Washington University
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Sport consumer behavior (SCB) research continues to grow in both popularity and sophistication. A guiding principle in much of this research has focused on the nature of sport-related experiences and the benefits sport consumers derive from these experiences. This emphasis has generated new knowledge and insights into the needs and wants of sport consumers. Although these efforts have contributed to the field’s understanding of SCB, the vast majority of this research has centered on psychological phenomena and the evaluative and affective components of these sport experiences. Approaches to this work have also narrowed, with SCB research predominately relying on cross-sectional studies and attitudinal surveys to collect information. This has resulted in limited findings that seldom account for how various situational or environmental factors might influence attitudinal data patterns at the individual and group level. This special issues seeks to deepen our understanding of SCB by providing seven papers that demonstrate or validate findings using multiple studies or data collections.

Daniel Funk is a Professor and Washburn Senior Research Fellow with the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Daniel Lock is Senior Academic with the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Bournemouth University, Dorset, UK. Adam Karg is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Management at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. Mark Pritchard is a Professor at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.

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