Branding and positioning Australian rules football for participation growth in North America

Fairley, Sheranne and Kellett, Pamm (2013) Branding and positioning Australian rules football for participation growth in North America. Sport Management Review, 16 3: 397-406. doi:10.1016/j.smr.2012.06.004

Author Fairley, Sheranne
Kellett, Pamm
Title Branding and positioning Australian rules football for participation growth in North America
Journal name Sport Management Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1441-3523
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.smr.2012.06.004
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 397
End page 406
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Founded in 1996, the United States Australian Football League is a participation-based, amateur league that has the goal of increasing awareness, interest and participation in the sport of Australian rules football in the United States. The league has encountered challenges in creating awareness of, and therefore building participation in the sport. Lack of exposure and awareness of the sport in the United States sport marketplace is a fundamental barrier to growing participation. The USAFL has experienced difficulties in building participation because there is limited awareness and knowledge of the sport and league in the US, in addition to also a general confusion about, and lack of understanding of the sport of Australian rules football. These challenges have hindered the growth of the game in the US. The case provides students with the opportunity to consider the challenges inherent in positioning a sport in a foreign context. The case invites students to consider issues of creating awareness of a sport and branding it from the perspective of the President of the USAFL (an Australian ex-patriot) and a fellow board member (an American citizen). By comparing and contrasting the perspectives of an individual from the sport's country of origin (where the sport is immensely popular), and an individual from the sport's new cultural context encourages students to critically challenge assumptions about the popularity of sports, and explore strategies that may more effectively brand and position a sport within a new cultural context
Keyword Australian rules football
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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