Special Call for Papers

Youth Sport Recovery after COVID-19 Pandemic

Deadline for submission: 1 October 2021

We are seeking commentary papers on the following questions:

  • What should we do now in youth sport because of the youth lifestyle changes that have occurred during COVID-19 pandemic isolation?
  • What is the role of sports programs in schools post COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What challenges/opportunities are we facing in youth sports in the development of talent post COVID-19? How do coaches approach parents and athletes for recruitment post COVID-19?
  • What ethical considerations for youth sport on fair play in the post-COVID-19 era?
  • How may sport equip youth with tools for self-improvement and self-management post-COVID-19?

Amateurism and the NCAA: Compensation Rights

Deadline for submission: 1 September 2021

We are seeking research articles, literature reviews, case studies, and commentaries addressing the following questions:

  • How has the NCAA evolved during a time of persistent legal encounters due to the treatment of student-athletes?
  • Should there be a uniform model for the NCAA and its member schools to implement? Propose a model.
  • What is a free market model for intercollegiate athletics?
  • What implementation strategies have your department or program made regarding NIL? What subdepartments have been developed to address athlete branding and right to publicity?
  • How does the debate about pay for play continue to raise questions about the cultural significance of intercollegiate athletics?
  • How does the debate about pay for play continue to raise questions about the academic or educational significance of intercollegiate athletics?

Youth Sport and Community Building

Deadline for submission: 1 February 2022

“With some appropriate sport development intervention youth sport could be so much more inclusive, so much more beneficial for more children in the area and for the local community. Currently it appears to do little to build community cohesion, social capital and a love of physical activity among local children; indeed, it could be argued that it is doing more harm than good. –Christopher Cutforth, Sheffield Hallam University, Academy of Sports and Physical Activity

We are seeking research articles, literature reviews, case studies, and commentaries addressing the following questions:

  • How can participation gaps that currently exist be addressed by policy to eliminate the structural and cultural barriers that still prevail in sport?
  • How can government agencies do more to support equity in sport and its long-term benefits for society?
  • What is the role or impact of cultural traditions and cultural differences on how sports are played and the influence of sports on national, ethnic, or community identity?
  • How can sport be used as a means of responding to social problems?
  • What conduct, subjectivity, and citizen competencies are shaped within sport?
  • How is sport used to promote “the American Dream” of social mobility, and are our current sport practices contributing to selection and stratification?

Esports Management

Deadline for submission: 31 December 2021

Esports as an industry is now over 20 years old and it has grown exponentially when compared to other generic industries, representing the sixth largest global growth at the industrial level (Eurostat, 2019; Southall, Nagel, LeGrande, & Han, 2003). There are now over 150 sports teams and counting involved in Esports, e.g., Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, FC Schalke 04, Kraft group (owners of New England Patriots) and many more are investing in Esports heavily.

Esport is not systematically institutionalized, and there is ongoing coordination to create evolving governance.  There are shifting rules, and there is a power game of the “insider” and the outsiders.  The industry is rooted in innovation, business, media, and fandom as well. These phenomena will require management professionals that are innovative and focused on business processes and practices that improve efficiency, develop and sustain customer bases, and minimize waste and maximize profit potential.

Esports was born digital, born global, and born agile, which makes Esports an exciting research target for sport management scholars. This special call for papers aims to serve as a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in various countries to contribute research about esport that will serve to improve sport management as a discipline in general and specially to help sport management educators better prepare future sport management professionals for a future in esports management.

We are interested in receiving both empirical research – such as it may be conducted in these times – and (shorter) theoretical and critical commentaries on the longer term – and present – implications of esports management as well as fundamental questions about how the field is unfolding.. There are almost endless avenues of inquiry to be pursued. Authors are encouraged to submit on the following questions:

  1. What are the work conditions in the Esports ecosystem and how are affected by strategic management?
  2. What are the strategies, processes, procedures, and operations that are specific to esport?
  3. What are the practices of live streaming gameplay. spectatorship, historical precedence, and interaction, and how are they operationalized from the management perspective?
  4. How will esport affect the fan base of traditional sport as traditional sport struggles to resume play amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
  5. How do consumers actualize and sustain the eSports phenomenon through their engagement with the interconnected nexuses of playing, watching, and governing of eSports?
  6. What data analysis techniques may be used to make observations to analyze in-game performance, team dynamics and formation, and interactions between players? What purpose will this serve in esport player management?

We are also interest in case studies of

  1. Social interactions between players,
  2. Promotional activities; broadcasting infrastructures; the socioeconomic organization of teams, tournaments, and leagues
  3. Nature of expertise in esport, player or entertainer
  4. Patterns of behavior associated with the social pressures of the virtual or social world, and
  5. Law in esports

We are not interested in papers determining whether esport is sport.  For the purposes of this call, we accept that esport is a form of sport and should be managed accordingly. The Sport Journal invites you to help address the issue of esports in sports management education through your research and writing. For submission guidelines, please see http://thesportjournal.org/information/.

Sport and COVID-19

Deadline for submission: 31 May 2021

The coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has now been deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended all areas of life – and sports is no exception. Every aspect of sport has been affected, from the athletes themselves to every event and competition to the resulting media coverage. COVID-19 has upended sporting calendars and is superseding the business model of sports.
This special call for papers aims to serve as a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in various countries, asking for reflective contributions on the impact of COVID-19 in sport and the changes we may expect to see going forward, to exchange experiences, challenges, successes, and lessons learned during and for a future amid and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are interested in receiving both empirical research – such as it may be conducted in these times – and (shorter) theoretical and critical commentaries on the longer term – and present – implications of COVID-19. There are almost endless avenues of inquiry to be pursued as the ramifications of the pandemic become clearer. Authors are encouraged to submit on the following questions:

  1. How will sport resume amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
  2. How may COVID-19 or related public health precautions impact acute and chronic health, fitness, or sport performance?
  3. How do people respond to the situation in your sport?
  4. What is helpful and what is less helpful in dealing with the current situation resulting from the pandemic?
  5. How is sport currently organized and what will or should change?

The Sport Journal invites you to help address the issue of sport during and after COVID-19 through your research and writing. For submission guidelines, please see http://thesportjournal.org/information/.

Addressing Corruption in Sport

Deadline for submission: Expired

The world of sport in recent years has been rocked by highly visible ethical failures and blatant corruption that has stretched from the local and college level to the pinnacles of international competition. Whether it is financial corruption in international soccer, bribery related to the awarding of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs by Russia in the Olympic Games, or the vast recruiting bribery and fraud case in American college basketball, sport recently has seen some of its greatest scandals. What are the forces behind these crises in sport? How do governing bodies and other leaders prevent a perilous loss of faith in sport and its principles of honesty, integrity, and fair play? What can be done long term about corruption in sport?

The United States Sports Academy invites you to help address the issue of corruption in sport through your research and writing. The Sport Journal is currently issuing a special Call for Papers on the subject. Submit today and be a part of the solution of the crisis of corruption in sport.