During the 21st century, the system of intercollegiate athletics in the United States (US) has evolved into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. However, fundamental differences remain in how the system is organized, governed, and marketed compared to for-profit entities and many other non-profit sport organizations, requiring specialized experience, knowledge, and skills. Thus, this special issue seeks to investigate the nature of various aspects of US-based intercollegiate athletics that can shed light on its uniqueness and distinctiveness. While college athletics in the US is unique, numerous countries are exploring plans to develop a system of intercollegiate athletics in their own markets. Accordingly, this issue targets an audience of scholars and practitioners across the globe.
Consistent with the scope of the Journal of Global Sport Management, this special issue intends to take an interdisciplinary approach, and attract submissions from a wide range of disciplines. Potential areas of interest could include:
- Comparisons of the structure and governance of the US intercollegiate athletics system to other non-profit sport organizations
- Legal issues related to intercollegiate athletics
- Student-athlete image and marketing rights issues
- Sponsorship and sport marketing activities in intercollegiate athletics
- Compensation comparisons for college athletes and other amateurs (i.e., the Gaelic Athletic Association)
- The complex relationship between athletics and the universities wherein they are housed
- Funding structures, economic, and financial issues
- Cultural and sociological issues
- Power structures and political issues
No preference is given to empirical vs. theoretical/conceptual or quantitative vs. qualitative papers, yet each submission should make a unique and novel contribution to the literature. Submissions should be made via the journal’s online submission system (ScholarOne) and authors should indicate in their cover letter that the submission is to be considered for the Special Issue. Prospective authors are welcome to contact the guest editors with any questions or feedback on manuscript topics.
- Jonathan A. Jensen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sport Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Barbara Osborne, JD, Professor, Sport Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA (email@example.com)
- Erianne Weight, PhD, Associate Professor, Sport Administration & Co-Director, Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA (firstname.lastname@example.org)