The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace
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Irving Rein, Ph.D. is a Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University's School of Communication. The author of 12 books, including High Visibility, a groundbreaking study of image making, Rein also serves on Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Initiative for the 21st Century and is a member of the Advisory Board for Northwestern University's Master of Arts in Sports Administration.
Philip Kotler, Ph.D. is the S. C. Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management. He is the author of 35 books, including Marketing Management, the most widely used marketing book in graduate business schools worldwide. He has been a consultant to IBM, General Electric, AT&T, Bank of America, Merck, Motorola, Ford, and other global corporations and places.
Ben Shields has done consulting work for a number of organizations on communication issues. His expertise is in sports and technology, and he is currently a doctoral student in communication studies at Northwestern University.
Sports are a multibillion-dollar global business that will continue to grow by leaps and bounds into the foreseeable future. The bad news is: It's never been harder to attract, engage, and retain the sports fan.
Today's sports fans are bombarded by choices. Traditional sports, such as baseball, football, and basketball, compete for fans' dollars with snowboarding, lacrosse, poker…even paintball. The old business formulas, developed in the age of three TV networks and creaky stadiums, no longer apply.
World-renowned communication expert Irving Rein, international marketing guru Philip Kotler, and communication specialist Ben Shields deliver an innovative new business model centered squarely on fan satisfaction and retention. They give you the tools to transform your sports product into an enduring brand-immune to the vagaries of winning and losing-that quickly adapts to changing market conditions. Along the way they illustrate their points with fascinating case studies, including
- Manchester United's transformation from a plucky home team to a billion-dollar international franchise
- Professional golf phenomenon Michelle Wie's quest to maximize her talents and marketability
- Southlake Carroll High School football team's benchmarking of professional and college football programs to build its own brand
- Daytona International Speedway's reinvention of fan intimacy
Combining expert analysis with field-tested strategies for winning hearts and minds, The Elusive Fan is your guide to surviving and thriving in today's ever-widening world of sports.
; April 2007
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Title: The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace
Author: Irving Rein; Philip Kotler; Ben Ryan Shields
PART ONE: Reaching the Elusive Fan
1.The Fan Challenge
2. Sports in Trouble
3. How Fans Connect
PART TWO: Connecting to the Elusive Fan
4. Reinventing the Sports Brand
5. Generating the Sports Brand Transformation
6. Implementing the Sports Brand Transformation
7. Communicating the Sports Brand
PART THREE: Surviving in the Sports Fan Marketplace
8.Sustaining the Fan Connection
9. Successful Cases in Sports Branding
10.The Future of Fan Connection