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Setting a Course for Continued Growth: The Localization and Monetization of Esports

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Who would imagine that playing games is considered as a sport and became one of the most popular sports in the world? Who would imagine that over 100 million people watch someone else playing a game 10 years ago? Maybe

Who would imagine that playing games is considered as a sport and became one of the most popular sports in the world? Who would imagine that over 100 million people watch someone else playing a game 10 years ago? Maybe even 5 years ago a lot of people did not believe that many people were watching one Esports championship series in the world in 2019. I believe that most people would not believe that fact. Nowadays the gaming industry has become 134 billion dollars industry (Warman), but most of the general public does not even know that Esports is a globally popular sport. The uniqueness of Esports is that fans are located everywhere in the world, unlike American football. This sport’s popularity is borderless and there are not that many sports leagues that have a huge global fan population in the sports industry. The reason Esports was able to capture popularity from everywhere in this world is because the gaming community is often beyond the border. For example, a person who lives in South Korea is teaming up with a man whom he has never met in person before and fighting against the players who are living on the other side of the world in a single match. This is how modern gaming society is. Those players are physically existing in different places, but there is no border that exists in this gaming virtual world and people are playing in the same match with the players who live in different places. This is one thing that we are not able to see in the traditional sports and the biggest strength of the Esports. The uniqueness of Esports is that all the players do not need to physically get together to play a game. If you want to play soccer, obviously all the 22 players need to be in the same field physically. People do not have a sense of local attachment from the beginning in the world of modern Esports because the gaming community is existing in the virtual world and the border does not exist in this virtual community. This unique environment is one of the biggest factors that makes Esports the fastest growing sport in the entire sports industry these days, and this rapid growth is supported by those younger gamers. Esports is still a new sport compared to other traditional sports, so they will follow a similar or different path that traditional sports took and will be part of those popular leagues in the future.

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In A League of Their Own: An Analysis of the Exclusive Sponsorships of Sun Devil Athletics

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As the third-largest source of revenue, sponsorships play an integral role in the world of sports business. Sports are the fastest growing category among all sponsorship spending, with the North American sports sponsorship revenue expected to grow to $18.7 billion

As the third-largest source of revenue, sponsorships play an integral role in the world of sports business. Sports are the fastest growing category among all sponsorship spending, with the North American sports sponsorship revenue expected to grow to $18.7 billion in 2020. Identified as the most valuable benefit for sponsors, category exclusivity rights allow a sponsor to be the only company in a certain category to have an official relationship with the property. However, the popularity of category exclusivity has been declining due to the high fee associated with it. This has led to sports properties splitting up previously exclusive category to allow multiple partners to hold rights. As a result, sponsors are finding exclusivity rights at a smaller level: specific marketing platforms. This strategy permits only one corporate partner to activate in a specified channel. Although not as prominent as in professional sports, category exclusivity is still a key factor in collegiate athletics sponsorships. Sponsors concentrate mainly on creating brand awareness as college students are at the age where they begin to make their own decisions. By increasing brand awareness, these companies are also increasing the probability that the students will purchase from it, and eventually become loyal, long-term consumers. As an intern for Sun Devil Athletics Corporate Partnerships, my experience guided me through a study of the exclusive sponsorships of Sun Devil Athletics. Through an analysis of ASU students' attitudes toward and knowledge of the official sponsors of Sun Devil Athletics, this thesis discusses the effectiveness of the exclusive sponsorships with a special focus on how being aware of a company's relationship to ASU affects students' intent to purchase that company's products or services.

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The Elimination of Olympic Nonrevenue Sports: Unforeseen Consequences

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The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness about the problem nonrevenue sports face today by analyzing the key factors of the failing Division 1 model and providing some unforeseen consequences in the elimination of nonrevenue sports. The first

The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness about the problem nonrevenue sports face today by analyzing the key factors of the failing Division 1 model and providing some unforeseen consequences in the elimination of nonrevenue sports. The first section will explore the elimination and financial trends of NCAA Division 1 in a historical and contemporary context. The second section will provide the deep-rooted problems associated with collegiate sports. Lastly, the third section will analyze unforeseen consequences for athletic departments that should be accounted for when contemplating the elimination of a nonrevenue program.

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Game On: A Comprehensive Look at Esports Consumer Behavior Trends

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As a relatively new industry in the sports business world, much on Esports consumer behavior patterns remain unexplored. Previous studies have aimed to provide a clear and coherent picture of different Esports fan demographics, understand consumption habits and psychological tendencies

As a relatively new industry in the sports business world, much on Esports consumer behavior patterns remain unexplored. Previous studies have aimed to provide a clear and coherent picture of different Esports fan demographics, understand consumption habits and psychological tendencies of these groups, and forecast financial and statistical trends for the Esports industry in the future. This thesis works to elaborate on these previous studies through quantitative research via a comprehensive online questionnaire. This research is focused on investigating three topics of interest within the consumer behavior realm of the Esports industry. First, to provide a meaningful and useful segmentation of fans within the industry, offering potential sponsors a closer look at how to approach each segment with future advertising and/or messaging. Second, to monitor how the playing habits of gamers impact what content and which creators they choose to stream online. Third, to explore the level of influence (through sponsorships, messaging, etc.) video game content creators and Esports athletes have on particular types of consumers.
With the data gathered from this research, both endemic and non-endemic brands looking to enter the Esports sponsorship space will be able to make informed decisions on which marketing decisions make the most sense financially and demographically. Furthermore, brands will be able to use this data to ensure a clear and consistent message across all platforms in future marketing campaigns.

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2020-05

Auspicious Arenas: The Value of Sporting Venues for Fans and Communities

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The landscape of professional sporting venues within the United States is changing. From 1990-2018, within the four main American professional sports leagues, 20 new NHL arenas, 24 new NBA arenas, 22 new NFL stadiums, and 26 new MLB stadiums were

The landscape of professional sporting venues within the United States is changing. From 1990-2018, within the four main American professional sports leagues, 20 new NHL arenas, 24 new NBA arenas, 22 new NFL stadiums, and 26 new MLB stadiums were built. As the industry morphs, a handful of new initiatives are being worked into the construct of these venues including increased commercial areas for shopping and restaurants and sharing of the venues between two organizations in an attempt to increase the overall utilization of the spaces. Additionally, in Detroit, San Francisco and Atlanta, where new stadiums and arenas were just recently introduced, the municipalities are using the venues to catalyze further growth and development within the city. However, these trends, while innovative, are tethered to high prices.
This thesis seeks to analyze the changes in how current stadiums are being funded, the public’s reaction to and perception of those financing plans and what the future might hold. Research showed that tax dollars are increasingly unpopular and teams are moving away from using public money to fund sports venues. Gathered for this report, survey data of 815 Arizona State University students supported anecdotal evidence that people within a community are relatively unhappy with the idea of their money being used to partially subsidize wealthy sports organizations’ infrastructure. Altogether, recent evidence suggests that multi-use facilities funded in majority by private wealth are more popular and generate greater economic impact for the municipality than earlier in history, when heavily subsidized venues allowed teams to take advantage of local government and created fan mistrust.

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2019-05

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Five More Minutes: A Guide to Understanding the Esports Consumer

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With as rapid a growth that Esports has had and its current introduction to the public mainstream, there is yet to be sufficient studies and research compiled to fully develop the profile of an Esport consumer. While companies such as

With as rapid a growth that Esports has had and its current introduction to the public mainstream, there is yet to be sufficient studies and research compiled to fully develop the profile of an Esport consumer. While companies such as Neilson and others have begun scratching the surface of the Esport community, there is much that is relatively unknown. Consumer behavior patterns of traditional sports has been defined for years, however as the billion dollar a year industry that Esports is, Esport consumer behavior is still taking shape. This thesis will attempt to build upon previous studies conducted by former Arizona State University students to continue to define the Esport consumer. Through quantitative research conducted via an online survey consisting of demographic, behavioral, and psychographic questions, the stereotype of an Esport consumer will be dissolved to reveal their true nature. This study will prove to be an iteration among the previous research by -<br/>• Developing a functional segmentation of Esport consumers, which will allow for marketers within the industry to better understand their audience in their attempts to persuade/incentivize<br/>• Understanding and dissecting the scale of influence that content creators (those who play Esports for the purpose of entertaining through various platforms) and competitive Esport athletes have on certain segmentations of consumers<br/>• Discovering the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on certain segmentations in regards to their time spent playing themselves<br/><br/> After compiling results from this questionnaire, marketers that are both endemic and non-endemic brands seeking to partner within the Esports space will have a better understanding of their audience and how to connect with them.

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Social Media as a Sports Marketing Strategy: An Analysis of the New York Mets Social Media

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Social media has grown into one of the most popular tools in the marketing industry. As social media continues to evolve, it allows for even greater transparency, communication, and relationships among users and businesses. There is no doubting that social

Social media has grown into one of the most popular tools in the marketing industry. As social media continues to evolve, it allows for even greater transparency, communication, and relationships among users and businesses. There is no doubting that social media is an effective way to foster brand loyalty and a community of brand advocates, however successful social media marketing requires a depth of knowledge, understanding of the market, and an established strategy. Social media has been extremely effective in sports business as it allows organizations to create a community for their fans where they can find real-time news, promotions, content, and information about their favorite teams. As an intern for the New York Mets tasked with covering the Arizona Fall League, my experience provided first-hand insight into the use of social media in the MLB. Through an analysis of the New York Mets social media strategy, this thesis discusses the effectiveness of social media as a marketing strategy, best practices, and current trends to provide a well-rounded analysis of the successful implementation of this tool.

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2016-12