The Impact Of New Professional Sporting Teams On Community Engagement And Fan Development

Grant number: LP100100222 | Funding period: 2010 - 2015

Completed

Abstract

New professional sporting teams are costly, often requiring substantial infrastructural support and government subsidies. This study of the launch of two new AFL teams will clarify the benefits gained in terms of the fan base they will stimulate as well as the well-being of the communities they enter, and identify ways to maximise both outcomes. This knowledge will increase the likelihood of AFL survival in a highly competitive global industry, and ensure governments and communities receive the best return for their investment in the new teams. A comprehensive understanding of the processes of acculturation for complex cultural services like AFL will also benefit other sporting and recreatio..

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