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Sport Management Research Meetings

More than just fun and games

Sports is fun! But our sport management faculty do some serious research. And they’re openly sharing it.

Introducing our Sport Management Research Meetings

These meetings are an initiative launched by the Sport Management program. They occur monthly and feature faculty and student presentations of ongoing and completed research projects. All are welcome to attend.

Scott Jedlicka — Nov. 15, 2017 — 4:00-5:00 p.m. — Cleveland 255

“A Compatibility Issue: International Sport Events and Domestic Polities”

In the last decade, international sport and multi-sport events seem to be receiving a warm welcome from undemocratic regimes. This study attempts to empirically verify whether the ostensible shift toward autocratic host destinations is actually taking place. As international sport organizations struggle to reclaim the moral authority eroded by scandal, the association of sport with autocratic regimes may bring further unwanted scrutiny and undermine these organizations’ pursuit of public redemption.

Simon Ličen — Oct. 25, 2017 — 4:00-5:00 p.m. — Cleveland 255

“Impact and Legacy of Majors Sports Events: Findings From the 2013 EuroBasket”

Major sports events, such as continental championships get a fraction of the attention devoted to mega-events even though they are much more frequent and impact many more host nations and communities. This presentation will report findings on perceptions and expectations, media coverage, support for public funding, and patriotic attitudes in connection with the men’s European Basketball Championship hosted by Slovenia in 2013. The discussion will touch on how the findings are applicable to U.S.-based events and outline the author’s future research plans.

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Tae Ho Kim — Oct. 4, 2017 — 4:00-5:00 p.m. — Cleveland 255

Tae Ho Kim

“Service Quality Perception and Revisit Intention”

Prior research has indicated that event quality is an important factor in overcoming the severe competitive market environment. However, recent research reports have claimed that merely providing high quality service to customers is not sufficient to attract customers to sport events. To make up for current service quality research limitations, this study examined the moderating effects of commitment on the relationship between event quality factors and revisit intention. Therefore, the purposes of the research are (a) the relationship between perception of each event quality factor and revisit intentions and (b) the difference in event quality perceptions between a highly committed group and a less committed group in both men’s and women’s college basketball events.

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John Wong — Sept. 14, 2017 — 4:00-5:00 p.m. — Cleveland 255


“Physical Prowess, Body, and National Identity: The Bruce Lee Story”

In 1971, little-known Chinese-American actor Bruce Lee appeared in the low-budget film The Big Boss. The film captured the imagination of many Chinese who had long felt humiliated under semi-colonial rule by various western imperial powers up until the Second World War.

Until his death in 1973, Lee had spread his philosophy of martial arts and physical prowess in writings, interviews, and four films. This lecture will present how Lee’s movies portrayed a new conception of the body and physical prowess, and national pride based on the body and physicality.

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Scott Jedlicka — Feb. 8, 2017 — 4:00-5:00 p.m. — Cleveland 255

“Sport Governance as Global Governance: Theoretical Perspectives on Sport in the International System”

A recently-declassified U.S. intelligence report suggests that Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was a retaliation to (among other things) this summer’s Olympic doping scandal involving Russian athletes. This is just the most recent prominent example of how international sport can matter to international politics.

In his lecture, Dr. Scott Jedlicka will argue that understanding sport’s political impacts requires us to think about international sport not just as a series of competitions, but as a legitimate political institution.

Graduate Student Symposium — April 12, 2017 — 4:00-5:30 p.m. — Cleveland Hall 242 and 247

Thabiti Lewis — March 8, 2017 — 4:00-5:00 p.m. — Cleveland 255

“When Athletes Speak Out…”

Is the activism of millennial athletes being ignored? Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks believes, “players that are trying to take a stand and trying to be aware of social issues and try to make a stand and increase peoples’ awareness and put a spotlight on it, and they’re being ignored.”

Dr. Thabiti Lewis argues that the protests of contemporary athletes are certainly not the first in sports to take a huge risk to speak out against racial injustice and inequality. They follow a long line of past sports stars to do so. Countless others before them have shown that sports can raise spirits or cultivate jingoism, as well as raise the populace’s consciousness around issues of human rights and inequity. He will examine how contemporary sports activism has politicized the public—good and bad.

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