The Case for Uniform Loot Box Regulation: A New Classification Typology and Reform Agenda

The recent exponential increase in the presence of loot boxes and other forms of microtransactions in online games, together with the consequential development of a ‘‘token economy,’’ have created regulatory challenges around the world. The similarities between loot boxes and traditional forms of gambling give rise to serious and long-term psychological and financial risks, particularly…

COVID 19 and sports sustainability

In less than two months, all professional codes have been indeterminably postponed, thrown into a chaos never experienced before, lost two CEOs, and made cost-cutting a priority in the absence of broadcast revenue, translating to staff being stood down, salary cuts and renegotiated terms. While there is no question the virus has devastated economies across…

Equality In Sport – Opinion

I f you’re asked to recall some of the most memorable moments in Australian sport, there are likely to be some outstanding examples of female athletes. Who can forget Cathy Freeman winning a gold medal in the 400 metres at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, jockey Michelle Payne winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup on Prince of…

A Classroom Without Walls

I’ve been thinking a lot about identity lately. The interest was sparked by reading “On Identity,” Stan Grant’s rich insight into indigenous and Australian identity and all the complexity within that statement. Over the summer, I reflected further on this through the story-telling of Malcolm Gladwell in “Talking with Strangers” and his resounding thesis that…

Social impacts of mega-events: a systematic narrative review and research agenda

Whilst the economic costs and benefits of mega-events to host cities and countries are well documented, the evaluation and nature of the social impacts of such events are less clear. Although these social impacts typically include education and skills, destination branding, social cohesion, environmental sustainability and sport development, there is currently a lack of consensus…

A level playing field in anti‑doping disputes? The need to scrutinize procedural fairness at first instance hearings

The WADA Code upholds the virtues of procedural fairness. Minimum procedural guarantees have been strengthened under the 2021 WADA Code and the International Standard for Results Management. However, implementation of these guarantees by National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) and domestic anti-doping panels are critical in ensuring that athletes are afforded procedural fairness. While some countries have…

The Alcohol–Sport Nexus and How Consumers Are Affected Through Sponsorship

Alcohol-linked sponsorship of sport represents a significant and growing investment as a popular strategy for brand communication. The current study confirms a relationship between exposure and hazardous consumption and provides insight into this relationship by examining the mediators responsible. Specifically, brandimage transfer (i.e., the mirroring of positive image attributes from the sponsored event to the…

There goes my hero again: sport scandal frequency and social identity driven response

With sport scandals reported frequently in the media, it is important to understand how associated stakeholders are affected. In the current work, we investigated the impact of off-field sport scandal on key stakeholders (the sport, implicated team, sponsor brand), and the roles played by team identification and scandal frequency. A 2 (fandom) × 3 (scandal frequency) between-subjects…