The SAGE Handbook of Sport Management draws together the best current research on the major topics relevant to the field of sports management, including leadership, gender, diversity, development, policy, tourism, and media. Edited by two of the most respected figures in the field, the handbook includes contributions from leading sport management academics from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, the UK and Europe. The key themes and debates of sport management are organized across three sections: sport management fundamentals and key concepts sport management challenges and issues sport management futures.
Sport organizations are concerned with managing performance. This makes conceptual sense given the business of sport is guided by competition and goal achievement, and the organizations that deliver and manage sport operate in competitive fields where performance exerts significant influence on action and success. The sport industry is of considerable financial impact and operates globally, with a well-developed and segmented market in which sport is for people of all ages, for entertainment and for personal engagement, for health benefit and for national pride. While the sport industry is large and diverse with distinct commercial, non-profit, and public governance sectors, the importance of performance and the need to define, measure, and manage it is recognized. Scholarly debate and researcher/practitioner deference to ...