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Football’s sociocultural appeal moves customers and market shares – case of El Clásico

Top football thrives due to the popularity of the game on a global scale and its roots in a sociocultural context. Rivalries and local derbies are at the center of attention in this sociocultural perspective of football. In an era characterized by the terminology of the ‘global village’, these matches mirror passionate pastime entertainment with […]

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Insights into the ‘hybrid’ nature of sports branding – extracts from a research process

Sports branding presents the essence of commercial meaning and passion that surround the business of sports. It is a complex and dynamic concept. However, it is an interesting phenomenon that can show sports entities a new profitable breeding ground. If these entities delve into the deeper elements of sports branding’s multifaceted texture, they will find […]

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UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals 2014/15

UEFA Champions League reflecting the appealing spectacle of professional football

Different scholars have brought much in-depth knowledge about why sports fans engage with professional sports properties (Funk & James, 2001; Funk, 2001; Kahle & Close). The UEFA Champions League tournament and this year’s quarter finals exemplify some of these patterns. The general motivational factors tied to sports event participation and/or viewership, i.e. socialization, performance, excitement, […]

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Football players are social media stars with an ability to generate eyeballs and money

In the contemporary commercial football industry, the identities of football fans tend to have a tribal nature in which certain behavioral fan patterns highlight the celebrated stardom of professional football players. Last week, I wrote a post (see here) about whether or not sports sponsors have a responsibility for the creation of enhanced fan experiences. […]

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The future points to a better blend between in-depth athlete performance data and commercialization

Studies have shown that implementation and application of strategies concerning the balance between ‘on field performance’ and ‘economic performance’ may be useful in the business of professional sports (Hamil, 2008; Krabbenbos, 2013). This has shifted the paradigm of running a professional sports entitiy in the sense that there has been a change from merely profiting […]

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