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2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Thursday, November 1 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Socio-Cultural and Economic Aspects of Youth Sport Involvement

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The purpose of this session is to explore the various socio-cultural and economic aspects of youth sport involvement for participants and their parents.  A system of specialization now exists in many youth sports where an over emphasis on competition and sport skill specialization exists at a young age.  Parents often pay thousands of dollars to enroll their child in club sport teams in the hopes of receiving advanced sport skill instruction for their son or daughter with the hopes of eventually receiving an athletic scholarship to attend college.   Sport agents, college recruiters, and youth sport coaches comprise a growing enterprise at different competitive levels that link into a larger multi-million dollar sport tourism industry where youth sport teams travel to other cities to participate in tournaments   The youth sport phenomenon in the United States has grown to the point that millions of young boys and girls participate at the recreational and club sport levels.  Gaining a better understanding of the nature and scope of the youth sport phenomenon from socio-cultural and economic perspectives is the primary goal of this session.

Speakers
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Jamie Ali

Western Illinois University
Poster PresentationMarketing to Season and Non-Season Ticket Holders in SportThe purpose of this research study is to gain insight on the marketing that goes into professional/collegiate sports. Organizations across the US are generating more revenue annually through ticket sales... Read More →
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Robert Case

Old Dominion University
Youth sport participation in the United States is a multi-billion dollar business.  Parents pay thousands of dollars each year to enroll their son or daughter in private club sports such as youth volleyball.  Participation in youth club sports has not gone without criticism (Hyman... Read More →
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Rick Eckstein

The College Athletics Admissions Scandal: Fraud or Business as Usual?, Villanova University
Popular accounts of the 2019 college athletics admission scandal frame it as a clear case of illegal fraud. However, it is also possible to explain this scandal as just a tiny step beyond business as usual within intercollegiate athletics and higher education. Drawing from a five... Read More →
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Kevin Gbadebo

Western Illinois University
The Influence of Shoe Companies in AAU BasketballThe Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest non-profit and multi-sport event organizations for amateurs, founded in 1888. AAU boy’s basketball can be viewed as an outlet, providing opportunities for middle school through high... Read More →
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Ryan King-White

Associate Professor, Towson University
Although the recent college admissions scandals were presented as egregious examples of ‘bending of the rules’ by the so-called 1%, we believe the story is being too myopically. Put differently, the scandals are not about the top 1% buying their way into universities, but about... Read More →
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Pamela Laucella

Associate Professor; Academic Director, Sports Capital Journalism Program, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
I'm a sports journalism professor and I'm also passionate about politics, news, travel, and the arts. My research analyzes multicultural issues in sport, and the intersections of race, class, and gender. I also study sport organizations’ hiring policies as far as diversity, equity... Read More →
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Kathryn Shea

Fisher College
Survivors’ Voices of Power and Truth During Larry Nassar’s Sentencing HearingsRachael Denhollander, Kyle Stephens, Jamie Dantzscher, Jordyn Wieber, and Aly Raisman are a few of the 204 women who shared victim impact statements during Michigan’s sentencing hearings of Larry Nassar... Read More →

Moderators
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Robert Case

Old Dominion University
Youth sport participation in the United States is a multi-billion dollar business.  Parents pay thousands of dollars each year to enroll their son or daughter in private club sports such as youth volleyball.  Participation in youth club sports has not gone without criticism (Hyman... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
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