Call for Abstracts | 2014 Southern Sport Management Conference

ssmaThe 2014 Southern Sport Management Conference invites scholars, practitioners, and students to submit abstracts for either (1) poster presentations or (2) 25-minute oral presentations. In addition, students are invited to participate in our student research competition. Submissions will be accepted beginning November 1, 2013. The submission deadline will be December 31, 2013. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted or reviewed.

The conference will be held March 26-28, 2014 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Conference details will be available in late November.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Prospective presenters are limited to two presentations.
  • Abstracts should be submitted using the following guide:
    • 12-point, Times New Roman font
    • Two pages will be submitted.
      • Page 1: Title Page
        • Title should be centered in all capital letters.
        • Listed below the title, center all author names and affiliations in order of contribution. Use one line per author and affiliation.
        • Centered at the bottom of page one, provide the principal author’s contact information: mailing address, e-mail address, fax, and telephone numbers.
      • Page 2: Abstract Page
        • Do not place any authors or affiliations on this page.
        • Title should be centered in all capital letters.
        • Listed below the title and aligned to the left of the page, describe the type of presentation you are submitting: 1) Poster Presentation or 2) 25-Minute Oral Presentation
        • Listed below the type of presentation, provide three key words to summarize your abstract.
        • Below the key words, provide your presentation abstract. Abstracts are limited to 300 words.
        • Include text only. Figures and tables are not acceptable.
      • Submit all abstracts to Dr. Adam Love at
        • The subject line should read: ‘Southern Sport Management Conference Abstract’
        • You will be notified via e-mail of acceptance by February 1, 2014.

Student Research Competition Guidelines

In addition to submitting an abstract using the guidelines described above, students wishing to participate in the research competition should submit the following:

  • 150-word abstract summarizing full competitive abstract.
  • 1500-word (maximum), extended abstract (excluding references)
    • The extended abstract should simply be a condensed version of a full paper with all relevant sections clearly defined.
    • Title page (maximum of 10 simple terms that clearly convey the focus of the paper)
    • Main document body
    • Practical implications
    • References
    • Double-spaced
    • Times New Roman 12-point font
    • 8.5 x 11-inch page formatting
    • 1-inch margins
    • Formatting and reference style should conform to the American Psychological Association Guidelines (6th Edition).
  • Please send all abstracts directly to Dr. Matthew Walker at
    • The subject line should read: ‘Southern Sport Management Student Paper’
    • You will be notified via e-mail of a decision by February 1, 2014.

Please note, students who wish to present but not enter the research competition need only submit an abstract using the same guidelines as all other research presentations. Only those entering the student research competition should submit the extended abstract.

Reviewers for the 2014 SSMA Student Research Award will judge the extended abstracts on the basis of their contribution to the advancement of applied sport management research. Accordingly, abstracts will be judged on their overall quality, contribution to the conference, and the advancement of practical scholarship. As such, the practical implications section should be included, which clearly highlights the key outcomes of the research.

Finalists for the Student Research Award will be asked to deliver a 25-minute oral presentation at the conference, where reviewers will evaluate the presentations and select a winner. All finalists will be recognized at the conference banquet, while the winner will also receive complimentary conference registration. Additionally, the winning author will be asked to submit the full paper for consideration in a future issue of the Journal of Applied Sport Management (JASM).

Inquiries regarding abstract submission should be directed to Dr. Adam Love,
Conference Academic Chair, at or (662) 325-2784.
Inquiries regarding the student research competition should be directed to Dr. Matthew Walker,
Student Research Competition Chair, at or (979) 845-3109.
General questions about the conference may be directed to SSMA President-elect,
Dr. J. Michael Martinez, at or (334) 448-5165.

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