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Sport Management News at Western

April 2018

Western has a strong showing at Brock Conference 

Western Sport Management graduate students, Emily Greenough (MA 2019), Justin McKenzie (MA 2019), and Swarali Patil (MA 2018), and undergraduate student, Marc St. Pierre (BA 2020) presented at the 15th annual Sport Management Student Research Colloquium at Brock University on April 13.

Marc St. Pierre presented his research titled, "Benefits and Costs of Elite Athlete Sponsorship" in which he discussed the advantages and disadvantages of elite athletes entering into contracts with major sponsors. Swarali Patil's presentatation was titled, "A Case Study of Capacity to Implement Gender Equity Initiatives," and she discussed the findings from her study of a national sport organization engaged in implementing an initiative that targets increasing the participation of certified women coaches in the sport.

The day concluded with Emily Greenough, Justin McKenzie and Swarali Patil's presentation titled, "Volunteer Social Capital in Community-Based Organizations: A Comparative Case Study of Sport and Non-Sport Clubs." Their presentation highlighted the prevelance of social capital, and discussed the implications of this resource on volunteer performance and organizational effectiveness in two community-based organizations, .

All the presentations were appreciated by the faculty members and students present at the event. Congratulations to the students on a fantastic performance!

March 2018

PhD candidate Ryan Clutterbuck successfully defends his thesis 

Sport Management doctoral student, Ryan Clutterbuck successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "Capacity for Sport for Development" on March 23. Faculty members such as Dr. Laura Misener, Prof. Karen Danychuk and Prof. Jim Weese were present to support Ryan, along with several of Ryan's friends and family members.

Congratulations Dr. Clutterbuck and supervisor, Prof. Alison Doherty! 

Grad students attend UTSB 

Several graduate students attended the University of Toronto’s Sports and Business Industry Conference where they had the opportunity to interact with noted industry professionals including Faizal Khamisa (pictured here). Faizal is a Western alum (BA, 2010 - Psychology), who is commonly seen on Rogers Sportsnet hosting Sportscenter Live or as an addition to other Sportsnet programming such as Tim and Sid.

The Sports Business Industry Conference brings together academics, students and industry professionals for an exchange of ideas on the different areas of sports such as operations, fan engagement and broadcasting. The 2018 conference included noted guests such as Randy Ambrosie (Commissioner, Canadian Football League), Dawn Smyth (Director of Domestic Development, Canada Basketball), Andrew Miller (Executive VP of Business Operations, Toronto Blue Jays), and Scott Lidbury (General Manager, Toronto Wolfpack). More details on the conference and speakers can be found here.

MA student's article featured on the NASSM blog

Swarali Patil (MA Candidate, 2018) has penned a piece for the online blog of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). In the post, Swarali shares her experiences as an international student in Canada. She provides some tips that may be useful to international students in choosing an institution, as well as value-add programs all students can take advantage of to build their CV. Swarali's post can be read on the NASSM blog here.

Founded in 1984, NASSM is an academic society comprised of academics, students, and industry professionals working in the field of Sport Management, with member representatives from 20 different nations. More information on NASSM can be found on their website here.

February 2018

Sport Marketing students visit The Factory 

Graduate students from Prof. Karen Danylchuk’s Sport Marketing class recently took a field trip to The Factory. Students began the tour by envisioning the completed project through detailed renderings. They were shown the high ropes course, the trampoline area, and the jungle gym, all of which are near completion. They were also shown the progress being made on the virtual reality and escape game rooms, an arcade, and the dining area. The trip was a great opportunity for students to conceptualize sport marketing concepts.

The Factory is a new, family entertainment facility currently under construction in the former Kellogg’s Building in east London. Visit their website here.

Western Sport Management in the Olympic news 

Prof. Alison Doherty and Dr. Laura Misener, noted scholars in the field of Sport Management are being called upon to contribute their thoughts on the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olypmic and Paralympic Games.

Dr. Misener was also interviewed by CBC Radio Morning show, Coast to Coast on her thoughts on the Games.

Prof. Doherty spoke with CBC Radio One's London Morning with Julianne Hazelwood on all things Olympics at Boler Mountain's Opening Ceremony celebrations. Click here to listen to the interview (Posted with the expressed permission of CBC Radio One's London Morning with Julianne Hazelwood).

Article by Western Sport Management alumnus featured in the Globe and Mail 

Dr. Katie Lebel (Phd, 2013) has penned a poignant piece featured in the Globe and Mail, calling on sport organizations, media conglomorates, and sponsorship agencies to devote additional resources to women's sports. Dr. Lebel discusses the inequalities women face in media coverage, and sponsorship and pay opportunities compared to their male counterparts. Dr. Lebel is right - it is #TimesUp in sport, too!

Dr. Lebel is currently an Assistant Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. Her article can be read on the Globe and Mail website here.