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Sport Marketing 4th Edition eBook With Web Study Guide

Sport Marketing 4th Edition eBook With Web Study Guide

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    Sport Marketing, Fourth Edition With Web Study Guide, has been streamlined and updated to keep pace with the latest information and issues in the competitive world of sport marketing. This text maintains its position as the best-selling and original text in the field, continuing to direct students to a better understanding of the theoretical backbone that makes sport marketing such a unique and vibrant subject to study. Using the new full-color format and companion web study guide, students will stay engaged as they explore how fans, players, coaches, the media, and companies interact to drive the sport industry.

    Heavily updated with more contributions from industry professionals and emphasis on social media platforms that have revolutionized the field in recent years, this edition contains practical material that prepares students for careers in sport marketing. It also includes these updates:

    • A web study guide featuring exclusive video interviews with industry professionals and accompanying activities that tie core concepts and strategies from the book into applied situations
    • Instructor ancillaries enhanced by gradable chapter quizzes that can be used with learning management systems
    • An attractive and engaging full-color interior
    • Chapter objectives, opening scenarios, engaging sidebars, and photos throughout the text that guide students in grasping important concepts
    • Wrap-Up, Activities, and Your Marketing Plan sections at the end of each chapter that  offer opportunities for self-assessment and review

    The highly respected authors have long been recognized for their ability to define this exciting field, combining academic study and current research with industry experience for an unmatched learning experience for students preparing to enter the working world. The content in this fourth edition of Sport Marketing has been reorganized to make it easier to use in the classroom. Chapters 1 through 3 provide an overview of the field of sport marketing as an area of study and profession. Chapters 4 and 5 teach students how to research and study the behaviors of sport consumers, including an overview of marketing segmentation. Chapters 6 through 13 provide extensive information on the nuts and bolts of the field, including the five Ps of sport marketing and special sections on branding, sales and service, engagement and activation, community relations, and social media. The final chapters explore legal issues, integration, and the future of sport marketing.

    Instructors may also take advantage of the student web study guide and complete package of ancillaries to enhance learning and presentation of core concepts. All materials, including the web study guide, instructor guide, test package, presentation package plus image bank, and LMS-compatible chapter quizzes,are available online.

    The world of sport marketing continues to evolve. Sport Marketing, Fourth Edition With Web Study Guide, offers students a complete view of the expansive field of sport, providing an understanding of the foundations of sport marketing and how to enhance the sport experience.


    Undergraduate and graduate students who need a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of sport marketing; reference for sport management researchers and practitioners.

    Table of Contents


    Chapter 1. The Special Nature of Sport Marketing
    The NBA and Global Marketing Strategy
    Weathering Recessions
    The Competitive Marketplace
    Sport Marketing Defined
    Marketing Myopia in Sport
    Change in the Profession
    Uniqueness of Sport Marketing
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 2. Strategic Marketing Management
    Sport Strategy Is More Than Locker Room Talk
    Marketing Planning Process
    Strategic Step 1: Develop Vision, Position, and Purpose
    Strategic Step 2: Develop Strategic Goals and Objectives
    Strategic Step 3: Develop a Ticket Marketing Sales and Service Plan
    Strategic Step 4: Integrate the Marketing Plan Into a Broader, Strategic Resource Allocation
    Strategic Step 5: Control and Evaluate Implementation of the Plan
    Eight-Point Ticket Marketing, Sales, and Service Plan Model
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 3. Understanding the Sport Consumer
    Socialization, Involvement, and Commitment
    Environmental Factors
    Individual Factors
    Decision Making
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 4. Market Research in the Sports Industry
    Sources of Information
    Users of Market Research in Sport and Entertainment
    Application of Market Research in the Sport Industry
    Performing the Right Research
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 5. Market Segmentation
    What Is Market Segmentation?
    Four Bases of Segmentation
    Integrated Segmentation Strategies and Tactics
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 6. The Sport Product
    What Is the Sport Product?
    The Sport Product: Its Core and Extensions
    Grassroots Ideas
    Key Issues in Sport Product Strategy
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 7. Managing Sport Brands
    What Is Branding?
    Importance of Brand Equity
    Benefits of Brand Equity
    How Brand Equity Is Developed
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 8. Sales and Service
    Relationship Between Media, Sponsors, and Fans and the Sales Process
    What Is Sales?
    Direct Data-Based Sport Marketing and Sales
    Typical Sales Approaches Used in Sport
    Pricing Basics
    Secondary Ticket Market
    Aftermarketing, Lifetime Value, and the Importance of Retaining Customers
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 9. Sponsorship, Corporate Partnerships, and the Role of Activation
    What Is Sponsorship?
    Sponsorship in the Marketing Mix
    Growth of Sponsorship
    What Does Sport Sponsorship Have to Offer?
    Corporate Objectives
    Sponsor Activation
    Selling Sponsorships
    Ethical Issues in Sponsorship
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 10. Promotion and Paid Media
    The Catchall P: Promotion
    Advertising Media for Sport
    Promotional Concepts and Practices
    Promotional Components
    Ultimate Goal: Keeping Consumers on the Escalator and Moving Them Up
    Putting It All Together: An Integrated Promotional Model
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 11. Public Relations
    What Is Public Relations?
    Public Relations in the Sport Marketing Mix
    Sport Public Relations in the Digital Age
    Public Relations Functions
    Sport, Television, and Entertainment Influence on Sport Public Relations
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 12. Social Media in Sports
    What Is Social Media?
    Building an Audience
    Engaging Fans
    Driving Behavior
    Social Media Platforms
    Avoiding Pitfalls
    Leveraging Players and Talent
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 13. Delivering and Distributing Core Products and Extensions
    Placing Core Products and Their Extensions
    Theory of Sport and Place
    Marketing Channels
    Product-Place Matrix
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 14. Legal Aspects of Sport Marketing
    Intellectual Property
    Trademark Infringement
    Copyright Law and Sport Marketing
    Sport Marketing Communications Issues
    Ambush Marketing
    Right of Publicity and Invasion of Privacy
    Contractual Issues Involving Consumers
    Promotion Law Issues
    Emerging Issues
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 15. Putting It All Together
    Cross Effects Among the Five Ps
    Controlling the Marketing Function
    Your Marketing Plan

    Chapter 16. The Shape of Things to Come
    From Our Crystal Ball
    From Our Crystal Ball Redux: By the Year 2020

    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Bernard J. Mullin, PhD, is chairman and CEO of the Aspire Group, a leading global management and marketing consulting business focusing on the sport and entertainment industry. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of Atlanta Spirit, LLC, where he was responsible for overseeing all team and business operations for the NBA's Hawks and NHL's Thrashers and management of the world-class Philips Arena.

    Mullin has more than 30 years of experience in the sport management industry involving executive positions with professional teams and leagues, where he specializes in start-ups and turnarounds, breaking numerous all-time league ticket sales and attendance records. In addition to his position in Atlanta, Mullin served as the NBA’s senior vice president of marketing and team business operations, president and general manager of the IHL’s Denver Grizzlies, senior vice president of business operations for the Colorado Rockies, and senior vice president of business for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has also acted as the owner’s representative on major design and construction projects, including Coors Field and University of Denver’s award-winning athletic facilities.

    Before and during his career in professional sports, Mullin spent several years in intercollegiate athletics and higher education. He served as vice chancellor of athletics for the University of Denver and as professor of sport management at the University of Massachusetts. Mullin holds a PhD in business, an MBA, and an MS in marketing from the University of Kansas, where he coached the varsity soccer program. He holds a BA in business studies from Coventry University in England, where he played soccer semiprofessionally for the Oxford City Football Club.

    Stephen Hardy, PhD, was a professor of kinesiology and affiliate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire until his retirement in 2014. In 2003-2004, he served as interim vice provost for undergraduate studies. Hardy has also taught at the University of Massachusetts (where he earned his PhD), the University of Washington, Robert Morris College, and Carnegie Mellon University. Over three decades, he taught courses in sport marketing, athletic administration, and sport history as well as a popular introduction to the sport industry. Besides Sport Marketing, his publications include How Boston Played (1982, 2003) and numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews in academic presses. He is completing a coauthored history of ice hockey. His reviews and opinions have appeared in popular outlets such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Sports Business Journal. From 1995 to 1999, he was coeditor of Sport Marketing Quarterly. In 1997, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He has won college and university awards for excellence in research and teaching. Hardy has extensive experience in college athletics. He played hockey for Bowdoin College in the late 1960s and cocaptained the 1969-70 team with his twin brother, Earl. After coaching stints at Vermont Academy and Amherst College, he joined the Eastern College Athletic Conference in 1976, where he served as assistant commissioner and hockey supervisor until 1979. During that time, he supervised collegiate championships in venues such as the Boston Garden and Madison Square Garden, and he worked closely with the NCAA Ice Hockey Committee and its affiliated championships. He served on the board of directors of the America East Athletic Conference from 2000 to 2002. In 2003, he was selected by the Hockey East Association as one of 20 special friends to celebrate the league’s 20th anniversary. At UNH he served as faculty representative to the NCAA and chaired the president’s Athletics Advisory Committee from 1996 to 2011. He is a founder of the Charles E. Holt Archives of American Hockey, which are located at UNH’s Dimond Library. He lives with his wife, Donna, in Durham, New Hampshire.

    William A. Sutton, EdD, is the founding director and professor at the sport and entertainment business management graduate program in the management department at the University of South Florida. He is the founder and principal of Bill Sutton & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategic marketing and revenue enhancement. Sutton has gained national recognition for his ability to meld practical experience in professional sports with academic analysis and interpretation.

    His consulting clients cover a who’s who of professional athletics: the NBA, WNBA, NHL, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, MSG Sports, and New York Mets. Sutton frequently serves as an expert on the sport business industry. His insights and commentary have appeared in USA Today, New York Times,, Washington Times, Fox Business, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Advertising Age, and Brand Week. On the international front, Sutton is a contributor to the Italian publications Basketball Gigante and FIBA Assist.

    Sutton served as vice president of team marketing and business operations for the National Basketball Association. In addition to working at the NBA, Sutton was past president of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), a founding member and past president of the Sport Marketing Association (SMA), president of the Southern Sport Management Association, a special events coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh, a YMCA director, vice president of information services for an international sport marketing firm, and commissioner of the Mid-Ohio Conference. He was inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame at Oklahoma State University (2003) and as an inaugural member of the Robert Morris University Sport Management Hall of Fame (2006), and received lifetime achievement awards from the Southern Sport Management Association (2012) and the Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow conference at the University of South Carolina. He lives with his wife, Shana, in Tampa and Clearwater Beach, Florida.


    All ancillary materials for this text are free to course adopters and available at

    Instructor guide. Includes a sample syllabus and ideas for semester-long activities and case studies. Individual chapter-by-chapter files include a summary, objectives, outline, and classroom ideas, including suggested case studies from Case Studies in Sport Management.

    Test package. Includes more than 200 true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and essay questions.

    Chapter quizzes. Includes more than 150 unique questions in true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and essay formats. Compatible with learning management systems, these quizzes can be used in testing students’ understanding on a chapter-by-chapter basis, offering easy grading and record keeping for instructors. 

    Presentation package plus image bank. Includes more than 400 slides covering the key points from the text, including 30 select figures and tables and all of the figures and tables from the book separated by chapter. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly in PowerPoint or be printed to make handouts for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides as well as search for images based on key words.

    The presentation package plus image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-6619-6

    Web study guide
    The companion student web study guide features exclusive video interviews with leaders in the sport industry, offering insight into how they incorporate marketing strategies into their daily work. Student activities built around these clips guide students in using core concepts from the text to answer questions about the applied situations in the interviews. Web search activities also provide opportunities for students to compare strategies found on sport organization websites, YouTube, and other online locations.

    The web study guide is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-6620-2

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