Subject Research Guides

Sports Management Research Guide

When to Use This Guide

Use this guide when you are researching all aspects of the business of sport, such as sports sponsorship relationships, team and league equity issues, labor and personnel management, and a wide range of ethical and social issues that impact business professionals working in both professional and amateur sports organizations.

Finding General or Background Information on Sports Management

For some topics within Sports Management, you will be able to use general or subject encyclopedias for background information, such as the history of a particular sport.

Subject Headings for Finding Sports Management Information in the Book and Media Catalog

Finding Articles About Sports Management in Research Databases

Biography in Context
Use to research contemporary sports figures such as Michael Jordan or Pele. This database is a compilation of several biography resources and will include short biographical sketches as well as in-depth biographies and articles from magazines.

Congressional Quarterly Researcher
Reports on important and controversial issues, such as drugs in sports and the influence of money on sports.

EBSCOhost
EBSCOhost includes newspapers, magazines, and journals from a broad spectrum of subject areas, including such subjects as sports, ethics, and the business of sports.

Historical New York Times
Dating to 1851, this database can be used when researching the history of a sports franchise, such as the Brooklyn Dodgers, or a particular event in sports history, such as the 1981 baseball strike.

SBRNet: Sports Business Research Network
SBRNet provides market research and industry news covering the sporting goods and sports marketing industry. Data is provided by the National Sporting Goods Association, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and various sports governing bodies. Also includes full-text articles from sports magazines and newsletters.

Selected Web Sites

The Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles Digital Archives
The AAF Archive contains over 30,000 PDF documents that are searchable in fulltext

International Olympic Committee
The IOC site is the official source for information on all Olympic sports, athletes, and the Olympic Games.

North American Society for Sport Management
The NASSM actively supports professional development, research, study, and scholarly writing in the field of Sports Management.

International Association for Assembly Managers
The IAAM represents leaders in the area of large facility management such as convention centers, auditoriums, sports venues, and university complexes.

Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance was started at Stanford University in 1998 with the goal to transform the way youth sports are coached. The site provides access to information about the organization, its philosophy, and mission.

Women’s Sports Foundation
Advocates for women’s sports and health issues such as Title IX enforcement, equality in coaching and sports administration, and proper nutrition for the female athlete. Includes a database of topical questions and answers from experts.

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