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Sport & leisure industries

See below for a selection of the latest books from Sport & leisure industries category. Presented with a red border are the Sport & leisure industries books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Sport & leisure industries books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Physics of Krav Maga

The Physics of Krav Maga

Author: John Eric Goff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2020

Krav Maga ( contact combat in Hebrew) is a hard-hitting and efficient form of self-defense that was popularized by Israeli soldiers. Stressing practical, real-world fighting and a philosophy of self-defense, its popularity has grown worldwide over the past few decades. In The Physics of Krav Maga, John Eric Goff, a physicist, best-selling author, and martial arts practitioner, explains the science behind dozens of Krav Maga moves, from headlocks to hammer fists. Focusing on Warrior Krav Maga, a fighting style that combines the key elements of Krav Maga with kickboxing, wrestling, karate, and other fighting specialties, this equation-free, conceptual introduction is aimed at martial arts practitioners interested in refining their fighting technique and all fans of the fascinating moment when sports meet science. With step-by-step descriptions and detailed photos of each critical motion, Goff takes a scientific look at everything from punch speed to power output and reaction time. Armed with this book, readers will understand the physics behind each move. They will also learn how to * enhance their level of physical fitness* disrupt an opponent's balance-while keeping theirs* make use of leverage to defeat a larger, stronger attacker* become faster and more powerful* inflict pain up close* use weapons-and weapons of opportunity * and much more! Anyone interested in martial arts, in how physics applies to sports and combat, and in how a physicist wins a fight will love The Physics of Krav Maga.

Surfing and Sustainability

Surfing and Sustainability

Author: Gregory Borne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2019

Surfing and Sustainability presents a new way of understanding the impact of surfing on the environment, society and the economy, providing important insights into the field of sustainability and arguing that the activity of surfing offers a unique opportunity to explore the ambiguity of sustainability. The book contextualises surfing within current debates on sustainability and applies these debates to an innovative theoretical framework drawn from elements of a risk society and sociotechnical transitions. The book discusses the capacity of surfing to influence behaviour, both at an individual and organisational level, exploring sustainability from a range of perspectives including industry, the charity sector, media and celebrity culture. Featuring a range of international case studies, it analyses the greening of the surf industry through topics such as ECOBOARD surfboard manufacturing, business innovation and branding, environmental activism, information technology and surf forecasting, as well as the expansion of artificial wave technology. The book also considers the future directions of surfing and how the inclusion of surfing in the 2020 Olympic Games will impact sustainability debates. This is important reading for academics and scholars, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students working and studying in sports studies, sociology, geography, economics, psychology, marine science, coastal management and economics. It is also a valuable resource for practitioners across the globe.

Pocket Guide for Hospitality Managers

Pocket Guide for Hospitality Managers

Author: Conrad Lashley, Michael N. Chibili Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2019

A concise, practical guide that provides the skills and knowledge for current and future managers across the hospitality industry. The book provide a concise resource for all emerging hospitality managers, and for academics preparing students for careers within the hospitality industry.With a 'how to do' agenda, the authors offer a practical guide to the skills and knowledge needed by those who will be managing bars, restaurants and hotels in the fast moving hospitality retailing contexts. Written in a non-academic style, this book will be a valuable resource for students and early career managers working in the hospitality sector.

Pocket Guide for Hospitality Managers

Pocket Guide for Hospitality Managers

Author: Conrad Lashley, Michael N. Chibili Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/11/2019

A concise, practical guide that provides the skills and knowledge for current and future managers across the hospitality industry. The book provide a concise resource for all emerging hospitality managers, and for academics preparing students for careers within the hospitality industry.With a 'how to do' agenda, the authors offer a practical guide to the skills and knowledge needed by those who will be managing bars, restaurants and hotels in the fast moving hospitality retailing contexts. Written in a non-academic style, this book will be a valuable resource for students and early career managers working in the hospitality sector.

Research Methods and Design in Sport Management-2nd Edition

Research Methods and Design in Sport Management-2nd Edition

Author: Damon Andrew, Paul M. Pedersen, Chad McEvoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2019

As the sports management industry continues to evolve, so do the methods for gathering and applying research findings in sport organisations. Research Methods and Design in Sport Management, 2nd Edition communicates modern explanations of research design, implementation, analysis and assessment that are specific to sport management. An invaluable resource for both students and practitioners, the text helps you understand the research process and then delves into the different research methods. Special attention is paid to the process of reading and understanding research in the field, which helps prepare you for applying these concepts in real life situations. ;;This brand new second edition introduces a new section on emerging methods and trends within the field. These include social network analysis (SNA) and sport analytics. As students you will be exposes to methods of SNA data collection and interpretation, as well as how to collect and analyse data and communicate results of sport analytics research. There is also an entire chapter devoted to legal research in sport management. To facilitate learning, the text includes practical examples of past research by leading sport management scholars. At the end of each chapter, a Research Methods and Design in Action feature also presents excerpts from the Journal of Sport Management. Each journal article is accompanied by discussion questions. ;;Research Methods and Design in Sport Management, 2nd Edition presents the tools needed to engage in the broad spectrum of research opportunities in sport management. With the help of this book, you'll be able to properly collect, analyse and share research to inform strategic business decisions.

The Global Football Industry Marketing Perspectives

The Global Football Industry Marketing Perspectives

Author: James J. (University of Georgia, USA) Zhang Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2019

In recent years, football's status as the world's sport has shown little sign of waning. From increasing participation at grassroots levels and to the highly lucrative media rights deals secured by the top elite clubs, the game appears to be thriving as it continues to excite and enthral billions of people around the globe. Nevertheless, there are a number of challenges and opportunities facing the football industry today that warrant further examination. This book brings together leading international researchers to survey the current state of the global football industry, exploring contemporary themes and issues in the marketing of football around the world. With contributions from Europe, Asia and the Americas, it discusses key topics such as football club management, the economics of the football industry, match-fixing, social media, fan experiences, the globalized marketplace, and the growing popularity of the women's game. Offering insights for researchers, managers, and marketers who are looking to stay ahead of the game, The Global Football Industry: Marketing Perspectives is essential reading for anyone with an interest in international sport business.

Capitalism And Sport Politics, Protest, People and Play

Capitalism And Sport Politics, Protest, People and Play

Author: Michael Lavalette Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2019

Football in the Americas FayTbol, Futebol, Soccer

Football in the Americas FayTbol, Futebol, Soccer

Author: Rory M. Miller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Football (soccer in the United States) has a long history in the Americas, but it currently displays many signs of crisis. In South America the combination of spectator violence, poor business management, and the emigration of players is undermining professional football. In the United States, in contrast, a professional league (Major League Soccer) has taken root in the last decade, and the U.S. women's team has gained international success. Football has always provided its players and fans with identity and belonging, whether to a nation or to a particular social group. It has been both a vehicle for the politically ambitious and an arena in which citizens can make sense of national failings and contest existing power structures. This volume explores many of these themes. The fifteen essays range widely, with theoretical and empirical contributions on the region as whole, as well as chapters specifically on Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and the United States.

Sport Branding Insights

Sport Branding Insights

Author: Constantino (RMIT University, Australia) Stavros, Aaron C.T. Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2019

In a sporting world dominated by media and money, an understanding of sport branding is an essential skill for any sport manager. Success means being able to 'brand' - and therefore differentiate - a sport club, player, code, or event in a highly competitive entertainment market. For anyone seeking to understand or manage sport, this book offers an immediate and salient insight into the complex and dynamic process of creating a powerful sport brand. The book explains how a sport brand goes beyond just an identifying badge, reinforced by a name or a logo that helps sport consumers recognise a product or an organisation. It reveals how a brand becomes linked with consumers' opinions and perceptions of a sport product and the organisation that owns it. Readers will learn how to create a powerful brand that has both recognition in the market and strong associated imagery, by imbuing it with a spirit of the past through appeals to tradition, by endowing it with human qualities of emotionality, thought, and volition, and through the use of characters, colours, texts, and symbols. It also provides a brief guide to the new domains of digital sport branding and social media. Concise, informative, and entertaining, this is an essential resource for anyone exploring or practising the business of sport.

Sport Business in Leading Economies

Sport Business in Leading Economies

Author: James Zhang Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2019

From a renowned group of international scholars, this new work examines how leading economic countries use sport business, particularly individual sports events (such as the Olympics or FIFA Men's or Women's World Cup) as well as participant sport, in comprehensive plans toward driving and furthering economic development, raising brand awareness (country as a brand), transforming lagging communities, and enhancing travel and tourism in the country. Comparative sport studies are fundamentally designed for cross-country and cross-cultural understanding, learning, and improvement. By recognizing the achievements, administrative procedures, and management practices of peer countries and using them as a mirror or referencing parameter, government agencies and sport organizations of a country may be able to identify areas that need improvements in their own administration and cultivate development and growth in the country's sport industry. Exploring how China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, the UK, Germany, the US, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia have all used sport as a catalytic agent, each chapter delves into the country's sports industry by looking at: recent history and stages of the industry; current state including scope, magnitude, structure, governance, policies, facilities, and programs; developmental characteristics, strength, and highlights; contemporary challenges and issues; and trends of development and advancement.

Implications and Impacts of eSports on Business and Society: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Implications and Impacts of eSports on Business and Society: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Author: David J. Finch, Norm O'Reilly, Gashaw Abeza, Brad Clark Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2019

The global gaming market, due to numerous technological advancements in social media networking and live-streaming video, has exploded in recent years. However, this newly acquired popularity has left many industry professionals pondering a difficult enigma: How does this affect the professional world? Implications and Impacts of eSports on Business and Society: Emerging Research and Opportunities provides innovative research exploring the immersion of competitive electronic sports and applications within global marketing, business, and society. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics such as social networking, sponsorship branding, and risk management, this book is ideally designed for sports and entertainment practitioners, communications professionals, marketers, business consultants, researchers, professionals, and students seeking current research on potential business opportunities in the eSports industry.

Capitalism, Sport Mega Events and the Global South

Capitalism, Sport Mega Events and the Global South

What are the social, political and economic consequences of staging sport mega events such as the Olympics and the World Cup? Capitalism, Sport Mega Events and the Global South presents a new approach to sport mega events and related issues, exploring elements that are not present or are not developed in the existing literature. This book explores the socioeconomic impact of these events on host countries in the Global South. Drawing on a thorough case study of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it examines how the residents of Porto Alegre perceived how they were affected and considers the relationship between sport mega events and the wider social sphere of global capitalism. Supported by original socioeconomic research conducted in the area, this is fascinating reading for all students and scholars interested in sport mega events, sport tourism, international development, sport geography and the sociology of sport.