Call for papers


Int. J. of Sport Management and Marketing


Special Issue on: “The Management and Marketing of Motorsports”


Guest Editor: Larry DeGaris


Despite its multibillion-dollar annual revenues and global popularity, motorsports management and marketing have received comparatively little rigorous analysis. In particular, motorsports has captivated corporate sponsors so that, for example, sponsorship revenues of NASCAR exceed that of the NFL in the U.S. Yet, published research in the area tends to be sparse and fragmented.


The aim of this special issue is to provide an overview of the global motorsports marketplace. The objective is to focus a small but growing body of literature about motorsports, with the hope of stimulating future research. The goal is to publish a group of articles that will provide management and marketing tools for practitioners. Consequently, the issue seeks submissions, which include both theoretical and applied research, and both empirical results and non-empirical perspectives. Practitioner perspectives are strongly encouraged.


Subject Coverage


Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Marketing and managing motorsports in an international environment
  • Why does motorsports require knowledge and research specific to its own context?
  • The growth and development of motorsports sanctioning bodies
  • Marketing and managing motorsports sanctioning bodies (e.g., Formula 1, NASCAR, IRL, CART, NHRA, Rally, V8 Supercars, etc.)
  • The history and development of female auto racing drivers
  • Motorsports television audiences and broadcast rights negotiations
  • Diversity in motorsports
  • Business-to-business marketing in motorsports, including corporate hospitality and client entertainment
  • Ticket sales and event management
  • Marketing promotions and sponsorship activation
  • The occupational subculture of motorsports and driver migration
  • Tobacco sponsorship and/or ethical issues in motorsports sponsorship
  • Fan and/or sponsor loyalty among motorsports fans
  • Brand awareness of motorsports sponsors
  • Evaluating motorsports sponsorships
  • Motorsports sponsorship sales and servicing


Notes for Prospective Authors


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere


All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page


Important Dates


Deadline for submission: 30 March, 2007


Editors and Notes


You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to the following:


Larry DeGaris
Associate Professor of Marketing
School of Business
University of Indianapolis
1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Tel: 317.634.7640


with a copy to:


IEL Editorial Office


Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor