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The Game of Sports Marketing The business of sports is one of the fastest growing industries in the country All over the world many people participate as players and spectators in a variety of sporting activities creating opportunities for the marketing of a companys goods and services An important part of the business of sports is sports marketing which revolves around understanding consumer behavior and motivating target markets to purchase goods and services Sports marketing at Clemson University has many different aspects ranging from sports and technology and sport law to sponsorship and sports economics Sports marketing is simply any sales or publicity-related activity associated with an organized sporting event or events its personalities or the celebrity lifestyle of its participants Schaaf 22 There are two components of sports marketing the marketing of sport and marketing through sports Marketing of sport consists of the actual marketing of a particular sport such as football or baseball This includes but is not limited to signage endorsements print media broadcast media billboards and news media Examples of marketing through endorsements are Michael Jordan wearing Nike shoes or John Elway drinking Coors Beer Any type of media that mentions a team or athletic organizations is an example of marketing through the use of media There are also many other ways of actually marketing or promoting the sporting event Unlike marketing of sports which consists of marketing before and after a particular event marketing through sports consists of marketing or promoting a particular product at a sporting event or in conjunction with a sporting event This includes but is not limited to signage at the stadium promotions during event and free give-a-ways Every professional team or athlete participates in some kind of marketing or promotion Not only do the major leagues participate in the marketing process but so do the smaller minor leagues do as well Every athletic organization big or small needs sports marketing for its survival
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